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Downers Grove

Former Downers Grove banker sentenced for stealing $328,000 from elderly

Executive also ordered to pay restitution to bank

DOWNERS GROVE - A former account manager at a Downers Grove bank accused of stealing $328,000 from three elderly customers was sentenced Dec. 10 to four years in prison, according a news release from DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

Christine Lange, 48, of the 7400 block of West 56th Place, Summit, appeared in front of Judge Robert Miller who handed down the sentence.

Lange on Aug. 22 pled guilty to one count of theft between $100,000-$500,000, a Class 1 felony, the release stated.

Lange was an account executive at Trust Company of Illinois (TCI) and had access to customers’ bank accounts. From Sept. 12, 2012, through June 9, 2016, Lange transferred money from the bank accounts of three TCI customers to her own personal bank accounts, according to the release.

She performed illegal transfers of funds on 84 occasions totaling $328,000. Her scheme came to light when a victim alerted both the Downers Grove Police Department and TCI. The victims in this case were all in their early 90s, the release stated.

“The crimes Christina Lange committed against three elderly women are despicable,” DuPage County State's Attorney Berlin said in the news release. “Her simple greed caused unimaginable hardship to her victims who relied on that money for their retirement and everyday living expenses. Unfortunately, the elderly can at times be seen as an easy target when it comes to financial crimes. Fortunately, Ms. Lange’s thefts were discovered by one of the victims who alerted authorities.”

Lange was taken into custody on July 30, 2017, and spent 10 days in the DuPage County Jail until posting bond. She will immediately begin serving her sentence. In addition, Lange was ordered to pay $328,000 in restitution to TCI, who covered the victims’ losses, the release stated.

Lange will be required to serve 50 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

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