Former Sugar Grove bank employee admits to theft

By on June 13, 2014
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SUGAR GROVE—After completing an external bank audit this year, the American Heartland Bank of Sugar Grove discovered that it was missing a large sum of cash.

“Typically, banks will bring in an external auditor to review their finances and count their cash on hand,” said Sugar Grove Police Chief, Pat Rollins. “That’s when American Heartland Bank discovered that they were missing money.”

The Sugar Grove Police department was alerted to the problem on Jan. 24, 2014, after staff at American Heartland Bank discovered they were missing large amounts of the bank’s cash according to Rollins.

On May 23, Alyson Ruggie, 30, of the 500 block of Gregory Lane, Plano, turned herself in and admitted to stealing between $90,000 to $100,000 in cash from American Heartland Bank, where she had been employed, according to Rollins.

Rollins said the defendant was charged with three felony counts; one felony count of theft between $100,000 and $500,000, one count of felony of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, and felony misappropriation of financial institutional property between $10,000 and $100,000.

“Between $90,000 and $100,000 was taken from the vault,” Rollins said. “This theft has been going on for a long period of time, starting in 2010.”

Besides the bank’s cash, no documents were taken from the vault. Ruggie’s motive will come out during the trial, but she was going through financial problems, Rollins said.

Ruggie will have a preliminary hearing later this month before the case goes to trial.