West Chicago deacon gets 6 years for embezzlement

| February 7, 2011

The former deacon and business manager at a Roman Catholic parish in West Chicago was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for embezzling more than $317,000 from the church.

George Valdez, 58, of the 800 block of Gates Street, West Chicago, admitted in a plea agreement to writing unauthorized checks to himself and transferring money from the St. Mary’s Parish bank account into his own. He also used a parish credit card for personal expenses and failed to pay for a family insurance policy.

Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas-Erdman said Valdez used the ill-gotten funds to pay for White Sox and Bears tickets, expensive dinners, hotel stays and his daughter’s wedding. The thefts, dating back to 2006, were uncovered during a financial audit in 2009.

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