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Employee of Sugar Grove bank charged in theft

SUGAR GROVE – A bank employee at American Heartland Bank in Sugar Grove was indicted late last month on three felony theft charges of taking up to $500,000 of the bank's money, court records show.

Alyson Ruggie, 30, of the 500 block of Gregory Lane, Plano, was charged Thursday, May 22, with using deception to obtain control of more than $100,000, but not more than $500,000; theft of more than $10,000, but less than $100,000 through unauthorized control of property belonging to TCF Bank with the intent of depriving American Heartland Bank; and misappropriation of financial institution property more than $10,000, but less than $100,000.

The thefts occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Jan. 24, 2014, according to court records.

Sugar Grove Police Chief Patrick Rollins said the money was discovered missing after an external audit. Bank officials suspected the money was missing because of an employee theft and called police to investigate.

"All cash was taken; there were no other documents," Rollins said. "None of the individual customers' money was involved. This was solely the bank's money and did not affect any account holders of the bank."

Rollins said Ruggie turned herself in to police May 27. Ruggie was released on $5,000 bail, 10 percent of the $50,000 bond. A hearing on her case is scheduled June 27.  

All three felonies have a penalty of three to seven years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. Bank officials did not return voice mail messages seeking comment.

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