HR director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000

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HR director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000
HR director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000

The former director of human resources at an Illinois retirement community has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from her employer by making unauthorized charges on two of the community's credit cards, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

Danielle D. Clark, who also had the title of accounts payable clerk at the not-for-profit Eden Village in Glen Carbon, IL, faces up to 45 years in prison, a fine of up to $750,000 and up to three years of supervised release after admitting to two felony counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false bankruptcy declaration. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 20.

The unauthorized credit card charges occurred between 2011 and 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“As part of the scheme, Clark prepared fake credit card statements to cover up and continue her embezzlement, forged signatory names on Eden Village Care Center checks to pay for the unauthorized charges using Eden Village Care Center funds and manipulated the accounting books and created fake invoices for Eden Village Care Center to hide the expenses for the credit card transactions,” a statement from the office said.

Eden Village offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and therapy services.

Clark, who also has used the last names Markiewicz and Cantrall, was prosecuted after an investigation by the Glen Carbon Police Department, the FBI and the IRS.

As part of her plea, she also admitted to filing a false 2015 federal income tax return and agreed to plead to that charge in the future.

A representative of Eden Village had not responded to a request for comment as of the publication deadline.

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