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Ex-state contract worker charged in Kane County for stealing from elderly

Mary E. Pfingston
Mary E. Pfingston

A former employee of Senior Services Associates, a state of Illinois contractor, faces criminal charges for stealing money from an elderly victim, a Kane County State's Attorney's Office news release stated.

A Kane County grand jury on Dec. 5 indicted 41-year-old Mary E. Pfingston, also known as Mary E. McMillan, of the 3300 block of Hutchinson Road, Joliet, on the felony offenses of financial exploitation of the elderly, theft and public contractor misconduct, the release stated.

The indictments state that between Feb. 1, 2015, and April 30, 2015, Pfingston, who was in a position of trust and/or authority for an elderly person, knowingly and deceptively stole a total of between $5,000 and $50,000 from the victim, who was a resident of a long-term care facility, the release stated.

Senior Services Associates is contracted with the state through the Illinois Department on Aging, the release stated.

After the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office secured the indictment, a judge issued a warrant for Pfingston and set her bail at $200,000, with 10 percent, or $20,000, to apply for bond, the release stated. The Illinois State Police took Pfingston into custody Dec. 6.

Pfingston appeared Dec. 7 in Kane County bond court. Judge Christine Downs reduced the bail to $100,000, with 10 percent, or $10,000, to apply for bond. Pfingston's next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 15 in front of Circuit Judge Donald Tegeler Jr., according to the release.

If convicted of the most serious offense, Pfingston could face a sentence of probation or between three and seven years’ imprisonment, the release stated.

The Illinois State Police conducted the investigation, which remains ongoing; anyone with information should call 847-294-4466.

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