Auditor not guilty: State’s Attorney says “crime does pay at time and a half”

Auditor not guilty: State’s Attorney says “crime does pay at time and a half”

LaSalle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson is not guilty of helping her two employees steal unearned overtime pay.

Judge Michael Jansz ruled Friday that the prosecution didn’t prove that the overtime work in question wasn’t completed.

Wilkinson testified during the trial earlier this month that she assigned extra overtime work to her two employees because of extra responsibilities following the 2017 tornado in Ottawa and to make up for one of the employees being injured for a time.

Walking out of the courtroom, she said she plans to head back to work.

The two now-former employees, Pamela Wright and Tori Artman are still awaiting their trials.

Wilkinson’s attorney Joe Navarro says the case reminds him of something former prosecutor Anthony Raccuglia said to him when he was State’s Attorney.

Anthony Raccuglia recently passed away.

State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly isn’t happy with the verdict.

Artman and Wright are next scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing next week.

Attorney Joe Navarro speaks on Auditor Jody Wilkinson’s behalf. Photo by Tracey MacLeod – Daily News Tribune

All photos used in this story are courtesy of Tracey MacLeod of the Daily News Tribune.