Bensenville woman indicted in $200,000 credit union theft

Updated 8/1/2012 4:39 PM
  • Desiree Cortes

    Desiree Cortes

A DuPage County grand jury has indicted a Bensenville woman accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from her former employer.

Desiree Cortes, 31, faces five counts of misappropriation of financial institution property and one count each of theft and continuing a financial crimes enterprise, according to court records released Wednesday. She was indicted on her birthday Tuesday, the records show.

Prosecutors allege Cortes secretly opened five unauthorized credit card accounts at the Bensenville Community Credit Union, where she used to work in mortgages, and accumulated $194,000 in debt between May 2008 and December. She is accused of concealing the thefts by manipulating the credit union's computer system. Authorities said she confessed to her supervisor after learning about a system upgrade that could have exposed her.

Cortes, of the 100 block of Bridget Court, was arrested July 10 and released from jail last week after Judge George Bakalis reduced her bail to $75,000 from $400,000. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

She is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 6.

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