One of two sisters may be heading to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to theft last month. 70 year old Cynthia L Fuchs of Springfield plead guilty to the charge in front of Circuit Judge Adam Giganti last month, according to the State Journal Register. Fuchs was the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities’ vice-president for administrative services, She and her sister, Penny L. Stockton, 66, of Jacksonville, were accused of scheming to steal up to $500,000 from 2010 to 2017. The federation is an advocacy organization that represents the public policy interests of Illinois’ non-profit colleges and universities.
Stockton was the then-administrative assistant. Both Fuchs and Stockton were fired from the federation in 2017 after an internal investigation turned up the missing money. Stockton is currently out on bail. Fuchs faces four to 15 years in prison, though she is eligible for probation. Fuchs sentencing is today in Sangamon County Court.