A 37-year-old west suburban woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from two separate victims while employed as a bookkeeper.
Raimonda Uva, of Wood Dale, stole over $100,000 in more than 55 unauthorized withdrawals from 70-year-old Bloomingdale resident Eugene Abbott’s bank account. The embezzlement of Abbott’s money took place between August 1, 2008 and January 20, 2009, after he employed Uva as a bookkeeper for his company.
Uva also began a similar scheme just two months later, targeting an Oak Brook widow with five children and stealing more than $10,000 from her second victim.
Uva spent the money on nail salons for pedicures, cigarette stores, bracelets and a ring from Tiffany & Co., restaurant meals, and gifts for members of her family, the Chicago Tribune reported. On several occasions, she also sent herself flowers with cards signed by other people’s names.
DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman has ordered Uva to pay $107,000 in restitution to Abbott.