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Sterling woman facing theft charge

STERLING – A Sterling woman is free after posting a $25,000 bond, accused of stealing more than $100,000 from an East Peoria food company over 3 years.

Bonnie A. Dittmar, 40, arrested Friday, is charged with theft of more than $100,000, which is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. Bail was set at $250,000.

Dittmar also may be facing forgery charges, State Police Special Agent Sharleen Seas said.

According to court documents, Dittmar took $111,102.99 from Waugh Foods Inc. of East Peoria between March 2006 and May 2009, while she was a food rep selling products to local restaurants.

In May 2009, Waugh’s chief financial officer discovered money was missing and called state police. The missing funds were tied to Dittmar and she was fired, Seas said.

It appears Dittmar was taking the checks given to her by local restaurants, cashed them and kept the money. Seas declined to say which businesses were involved.

She has a court appearance Monday.

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