Ex-employee guilty of stealing $200,000 from Bensenville credit union

Updated 9/27/2012 5:02 PM
  • Desiree Cortes

    Desiree Cortes

A Bensenville woman faces up to 15 years in prison after she admitted stealing nearly $200,000 from her former employer, authorities said Thursday.

Desiree Cortes, 31, of the 100 block of Bridget Court, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft over $100,000. Sentencing is set for Nov. 5.

Prosecutors said Cortes, who handled mortgages, secretly opened five credit cards in the name of Bensenville Community Credit Union and racked up nearly $200,000 in charges.

She confessed to her supervisor in December after learning the credit union was about to get a new computer system that would expose the thefts, DuPage County Prosecutor Diane Michalak said.

"She used the money in part to go to Cabo San Lucas and the Wisconsin Dells, as well pay household expenses," Michalak said.

Cortes, who has no prior criminal record, was arrested in July and indicted later that month. She faces four to 15 years in prison but also could receive probation when she goes before Judge George Bakalis for sentencing.

Cortes is free on bond. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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