State Employee Indicted For Stealing LINK Card

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Rockford – A former Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) worker has been arraigned on theft, aggravated ID theft and official misconduct charges for allegedly stealing a reissued LINK card from a DHS client.

The Illinois Attorney General says Gwendolyn Ross, 63, or Rockford, surrendered to authorities on March 11th.  If convicted she could face up to 5 years in prison.

The allegations state that Ross stole the LINK card from a client at the DHS office in Rockford.  Within hours of obtaining the card, Ross was observed on a store security camera using the card to make purchases.

“The defendant knowingly cheated a client of vital resources and abused her authority and trust,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  “She will be held accountable.”

Bond is set at $5,000.  Her next court appearance is set for April 4th.

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