Former Christian Liberty Academy employee admits theft
A former Christian Liberty Academy employee received probation after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Arlington Heights school.
Michael Burrei, 41, was sentenced to 24 months' probation, ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution and fined $655 in exchange for his plea, which he entered last week, according to court records.
Prosecutors said that during the four years Burrei served as the school's chief technology officer, he transferred nearly $300,000 from the school's PayPal account, which he created, into his personal account. The money came from people purchasing curriculum, textbooks and other materials from the school's large home-school ministry.
Burrei resigned from the school in 2015 and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.