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Algonquin woman sentenced in financial crimes case

Kelly L. Batchelor / phofrom Kane County Sheriff's office

Kelly L. Batchelor / photo from Kane County Sheriff's office

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Updated: January 21, 2014 11:19AM

An Algonquin woman has been sentenced to prison for repeatedly writing checks on a bank account she knew lacked the funds to cover the checks, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Kelly L. Batchelor, 41, of the 9400 block of North Route 31, agreed Thursday to a sentence of six years in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony, and one count of deceptive practice, a Class 4 felony.

On May 28-29, Batchelor purchased various items worth $329.99 from a West Dundee retail store with a bad check and then traded the items in exchange for cash at a pawn shop. The check was returned to the store as being written on a closed account, a release from the office said.

On June 2, Batchelor purchased furniture worth $2,801.50 from an Algonquin furniture store with a bad check. The check was returned to the store as being written on the same closed account, the release said.

Batchelor also was re-sentenced to five years in prison for violating her 2010 sentence of probation after she pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft, a Class 1 felony, and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person, a Class 2 felony, offenses that took place in 2007. Batchelor accumulated debt of more than $60,000 in her grandmother’s name on various credit cards and other loans and financial obligations.

Batchelor was still serving her probation sentence when she committed the 2013 offenses. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the 2007 case but failed to do so, officials said.

The sentence is six years for the burglary conviction, three years for the deceptive practice conviction and five years for the identity theft and financial exploitation conviction. The terms are to be served concurrently. She was given credit for at least 119 days served on the three cases.

“Through her selfish criminal acts, Ms. Batchelor has shown a pattern of total disregard for her victims,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. “Further, given a chance to make good, she instead chose to flout the law. I hope her time behind bars helps her understand that such acts will not be tolerated.”

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Gaeke.

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