Ex-worker at Chicago-area assisted living firm charged

CHICAGO (AP) — A former employee of a suburban Chicago assisted-living company is accused embezzling more than $370,000 from her employer.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Shawna Wolff-Geisler is charged with the Class 1 felony of continuing financial crimes enterprise and theft. A conviction carries a maximum 15-year prison term.

A statement Thursday from prosecutors says the Des Plaines woman worked at Econocare in the accounting department from 2007 until 2015.

Prosecutors say an investigation after she left the company found that around 80 checks were drafted from Econocare’s bank account payable to Wolff-Geisler or to one of her accounts. An executive’s signature on the checks was allegedly forged.

Wolff-Geisler bond was set Thursday at $100,000. A message left Thursday evening at a residential phone number for her wasn’t returned.