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Woman admits stealing $25,000 from Toys for Tots

A volunteer who admitted stealing more than $25,000 from Toys for Tots was sentenced to probation Thursday and ordered to pay the money back to the charity.

Carol Lisicandrello, 55, pleaded guilty to theft at a hearing Thursday at the Bridgeview courthouse before Judge Kerry Kennedy, who sentenced her to probation, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

“To steal money from a reputable charity that provides toys to needy children is an unconscionable crime,” Cook County State’s Attorney Alvarez said in a release. “We are pleased with the outcome in this case that will force this defendant to repay all stolen funds.”

Prosecutors claimed Lisicandrello, of Chicago, volunteered for Toys for Tots between January 2009 and April 2011, helping the company sell merchandise online to raise funds.

Profits from the online sales went to Lisicandrello’s personal PayPal account, which she was supposed to transfer to a Toys for Tots checking account, prosecutors claimed. Instead, she transferred the funds to a personal debit card, totaling $25,494 over two years.

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