Former Chicago College Radio Engineer Charged With Embezzlement
February 20, 2015 at 5:22 AM (PT)
A former COLLEGE OF DUPAGE radio station employee has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the CHICAGO-area campus radio station in a scheme he pulled off four years ago at another university according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Retired radio engineer JOHN VALENTA was arrested YESTERDAY (2/19) after ripping off the school's Jazz station WDCB (FM 90.9), which is largely supported by tax dollars and listener donations.
Authorities allege that while working at the station, the 65-year-old engineer submitted phony invoices from his side business between JUNE 2006 and DECEMBER 2013 for materials the school never received and work he never performed. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
“The allegations in this case clearly illustrate the concept of simple greed,” DUPAGE COUNTY STATE's Attorney ROBERT BERLIN said in a statement. “The defendant had a good job for more than two decades before he allegedly decided to illegally supplement his income at the expense of the COLLEGE OF DUPAGE.”