WHEATON – Charges were filed today against a St. Charles man accused of stealing more than $8,000 from an organization that works with individuals with special needs.
Kurt Hinterkopf, 33, of the first block of North Sixth Avenue, turned himself in to authorities yesterday on a $20,000 warrant. He posted the necessary 10 percent, or $2,000 bond, and was released from custody. Hinterkopf faces one count of Class 3 felony theft punishable by up to five years in prison.
In September 2008, Hinterkopf began working at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) in Carol Stream as a program supervisor. In this position, he had access to money that was intended to be used for programs for WDSRA participants. Allegedly, Hinterkopf stole from the cash funds and used it for his own personal use, starting in November 2008. This continued until he left the company in April 2013.
After Hinterkopf left the company, authorities noticed missing funds in the programs he was in charge of. An investigation by the Carol Stream Police Department revealed that $8,358.98 was missing from the WDSRA funds.
"Not-for-profit organizations such as the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association rely on the generosity of others to help make the world a better place for those who have special needs," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin said. "The very idea that anyone, let alone an employee, would steal from such an organization is disgraceful and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Hinterkopf's next court appearance is on July 1 in front of Judge George Bakalis.