Itasca woman charged with stealing more than $389,000

An Itasca girl has been accused of thieving at least $389,000 from far more than a 50 %-dozen people today and organizations, including far more than $100,000 from the U.S. Tiny Company Administration.

Beata Zielinski, 55, of the 200 block of South Cherry Street, was indicted Feb. 24, in accordance to a information launch from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

She faces 13 counts of financial institution fraud seven counts of issuing or providing a solid document 14 counts of theft, including theft of governmental assets 1 count of money laundering and one particular count of continuing financial crimes enterprise. All are felony prices.

The major demand, theft of governmental assets, is a Course X felony, punishable by six to 30 decades in jail. Zielinski is accused of illegally acquiring an SBA financial injuries catastrophe loan similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is also accused of conducting a enterprise electronic mail compromise plan in which she would hack a personal business’s electronic mail account. After she had access to the victim’s e-mail, she would then direct the business’s lender to send out cash to a single of her lender accounts, in accordance to authorities.

In just one occasion, she made use of a woman’s identify and Social Stability selection to get hold of a $150,000 mortgage from Kabbage, the American Categorical company-banking company, according to court data.

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Some of the charges allege that she tried using to transfer $6,300 from another woman’s bank accounts and into her have.

Other victims bundled a handyman organization in California, a progress firm, two insurance policy companies and a homebuilding organization, in accordance to courtroom records.

The funds-laundering charge alleges that she acquired cashier’s checks, for $10,000 apiece, making use of the allegedly stolen cash. The checks were manufactured out to two other individuals.

The alleged crimes transpired concerning June 2017 and July 2020.

“White-collar crimes, as alleged in this scenario, are frequently particularly complicated to detect as the accused will make each individual endeavor to erase any paper trail that may possibly lead to them. This case was no unique,” State’s Legal professional Robert Berlin reported in the information release.

Zielinski is owing to be arraigned Thursday.