Thursday, December 19, 2013
Charles and Michelle Sopko - Oak Forest Deputy Fire Chief and his Wife accused of stealing $350K
A former administrative assistant for the Palos Heights Fire Protection District and her husband – a deputy fire chief in Oak Forest - are accused of stealing more than $350,000 from her former employer, officials said.
Michelle Sopko, 45, and Charles Sopko, 47 of Oak Forest were arrested this morning and each charged with one count of theft of governmental property, a felony. They were scheduled to appear for a hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse on Friday.
Earlier this year, a new Palos Heights Fire Protection District chief noticed discrepancies in the district’s financial records and asked Palos Heights police and the Cook County sheriff’s department to investigate, according to the sheriff’s office.
The agencies found that Michelle Sopko had diverted about $352,000 to a bank account she shared with her husband.
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