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Pranga avoids prison in plea agreement

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 11:43 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles woman who was accused of stealing $21,900 from the client of a bank she managed pleaded guilty Friday, avoiding a possible prison term.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors and the victim, Lynn Pranga, 56, of St. Charles, agreed to a sentence of two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. She cannot go into any MB Financial Bank branch, or contact the victim, an elderly man, court records show.

Prosecutors dropped felony charges of financial exploitation of the elderly and forgery in exchange for the guilty plea, records show. She faced up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the elderly exploitation charge.

Kane County prosecutors said the St. Charles police and the victim were in agreement with the decision to accept the plea. Pranga's attorney Kenneth Johnson said his client "deeply regrets her mistake."

"She has always been prepared to make amends," Johnson said. "Lynn is deeply sorry to all the people she let down and she is looking forward to moving on in a positive direction."

Pranga first was charged in July 2012 and then indicted by a grand jury in March 2013. Pranga had stolen money from a certificate of deposit in the time period from 2009 to 2011.

The certificate belonged to an 82-year-old man who complained to the MB Financial Bank, at 2607 Lincoln Highway, St. Charles, that his accounts were missing money. After bank representatives brought the issue to St. Charles police, an investigation revealed the thefts, including a check she made from the man's account's for $3,500, payable to MetLife Mortgage, in 2009.

The bank repaid the victim and on Friday, Pranga made restitution by repaying the bank the full $21,900, records show.

Pranga had served on the Geneva Chamber of Commerce's Geneva Women in Business committee, was involved in the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of American-Fox Valley.

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