April 20, 2011 | 08:57 AMElkhorn — A Darien woman made a preliminary appearance in Walworth County Circuit Court Wednesday morning on a charge of felony theft of more than $10,000.
Joy C. Becker, 41, 129 Sharon St., Darien, is accused of taking about $32,000 from the Delavan-Darien High School FFA Alumni Association Fund between April 1, 2009 and Oct. 31 2009. She faces fines of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both. According to the complaint:
Becker was treasurer of the FFA Alumni Fund.
Delavan police were notified in October 2010 by FFA board members that the fund appeared to be missing about $32,000.
Police talked with Becker on Oct. 12, 2010. She admitted she took the FFA money, then wrote checks for cash from the accounts and used the money to cover personal expenses.
She also admitted she covered up the thefts.
Police also listened to two voice mail messages from Becker, in which she said she was going to pay the money back.
She asked that she not be charged for theft.
A Delavan detective later explained that, whether or not she repaid the stolen money, she had committed the crime and would be charged.
On Dec. 17, 2010, police received a cashier's check for $31,900 made out to the Delavan-Darien FFA Alumni Association. The check was dated Nov. 29, 2010 and had a notation on it that it was from Joy C. Becker.
Along with the cashier's check was a personal check drawn on the account of Joy C. Becker from Blackhawk Community Credit Union dated Dec. 9, 2010 for $300.