• IDOC employee pleads to embezzling

    by  • February 7, 2013 • News

    And the hits keep coming for the Illinois Department of Corrections. This from the State Journal-Register, a Christian County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling thousands of dollars from Illinois Department of Corrections accounts, including the inmate and employee funds, between 2007 and 2011.

    Mary Ann Bohlen, 46, of Edinburg was an accountant for the department. In all, she allegedly stole $77,000. She pleaded guilty to mail fraud and embezzling government funds.

    Bohlen worked for the department from February 2004 until February 2012 as assistant deputy director and supervisor of central accounting for the division of fiscal accounting compliance. She worked at the main corrections office on Concordia court in Springfield.

    In April 2006, Bohlen became treasurer of the Illinois correctional employees’ memorial association, which authorities described as an organization formed to recognize corrections employees who were killed or disabled while on the job.

    In that role, Bohlen urged employees to become members of the association, which was supported by membership fees, fund raisers and donations.

    Between 2007 and 2011, however, she embezzled more than $50,000 from the association, prosecutors said.