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Ex-real estate office manager accused of stealing $50,000

49-year-old forged checks for 7 years, investigators say

Michelle A. Kemp
Michelle A. Kemp

DIXON – The former manager of a now-closed real estate agency is free on bond after police say she forged checks worth nearly $50,000 over the last 7 years.

Michelle A. Kemp, 49, of Dixon, was arrested Friday by the Illinois State Police and charged with forgery and theft. She posted $1,000 Saturday and was released from Lee County Jail.

A call to Kemp was not returned Tuesday.

According to court documents filed Monday:

Kemp wrote $49,552.07 in checks between October 2005 and August, forging the name of Lucy Henning, owner of Henning Realty, which has since closed. She did not have Henning’s permission to write the checks.

She did so because of the “bad financial situation” she was in, Kemp told investigators.

Kemp most recently worked for Sauk Valley Properties in Dixon for 9 months, but no longer works there, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said Tuesday, declining to say whether more charges may be filed.

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