An employee at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center was relieved of her duties after allegedly embezzling more than $160,000.

Debbie White, a clerical worker at the Bone, was arrested Monday morning after being caught on surveillance stealing money, authorities allege.

The ISU Police Department acted on reports and began their week-long surveillance of White.

A live camera feed was set up to watch her. Authorities found White stuffing cash from receipts into envelopes and then into her clothing.

Illinois State Police Chief Aaron Woodruff alleges White was caught stealing four different times throughout the week. White was reported by other Bone staff members after suspicious activity.

ISUPD obtained financial records from the Bone and found a pattern of different shortages.

White was responsible for making several deposits, according to authorities.

“The patterns go back two years and come to a total of about $160,000 stolen,” Woodruff said.

White was charged with theft of money from a retail establishment.

The investigation is ongoing as ISUPD waits for more records and information to come in.

Director of Media Relations Eric Jome explained that this is a serious incident that the university will not take lightly.

“This is not something that happens all of the time. We’re going to take new steps and practices to make sure nothing like this will happen again,” Jome said.

At a court hearing Tuesday, prosectuors stated that investigators now believe the thefts go back to 2013.

GABI GUERRERO is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at glguer1@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gabigue97 


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