Artman testifies in Auditor’s Office overtime pay theft case

Artman testifies in Auditor’s Office overtime pay theft case

Former LaSalle County Deputy Auditor Tori Artman was the last witness to testify in front of a jury in her the overtime theft trial on Tuesday.

Artman claims that unearned overtime hours were added to her time sheet without her knowledge for a time in 2016 and 2017. When she found out about it in June of last year, she was scared and didn’t know what to do.

Artman says that she and another co-defendant went to their American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union representative and told her about the overtime. That representative, Vickey Leadingham, then passed the information onto the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Meanwhile prosecutors called Leadingham, a retired payroll supervisor, and two Ottawa police officers to testify.

Police Capt. Dave Gualandri says that when he interviewed Artman in August of 2018 she seemed unsure about how to justify the overtime hours in question and later said it Auditor Jody Wilkinson’s idea to add them. Gualandri also says Artman offered to pay the money back.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday morning. Afterwards, the jury will deliberate on a verdict.

In June, Auditor Wilkinson was acquitted in a trial-by-judge of helping Artman steal the unearned overtime pay.

A third deputy auditor Pamela Wright of Ottawa is scheduled for trial later this month.