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Former Chicagoland Toys for Tots volunteer Carol Lisciandrello pleaded guilty to Theft by Deception, a Class II felony, on Thursday, July 3rd. After claiming a mental illness caused her to embezzle over $25,000 over a two-year period, Lisciandrello apologized to the organization before being sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to pay full restitution. In court she handed Chicagoland Toys for Tots President George Lester Fortier, Jr. a cashier's check for $11,994 and the remainder will come from her bond and will be mailed to Chicagoland Toys for Tots immediately. The judge emphasized that Lisciandrello could have received 2-7
years in prison and will, should she break any of the conditions of her probation, for which she must report.
In an impact statement that Fortier read to the court, he emphasized that "None of our members, including the board of directors, receives a dime for any of the thousands of hours they donate, so when people steal from Toys for Tots, they're not stealing from us, but from the underprivileged children of Chicago."
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March 14, 2013:
As promised, your president would like to inform our membership about an update in the legal action mentioned below. On March 12, 2013 at 8:50 a.m., Carol A. Lisciandrello was arrested at the Bridgeview Police Department and charged with theft. This information is part of the public record that can be found at the Police 2 Citizen arrest website. I will continue to inform the membership of any additional updates related to this legal issue. T.F.T. would like to thank the officers and lawyers involved in amassing the evidence that led to this arrest and to the D.A. that I am sure will prosecute this case fully to help deter similar crimes against charitable organizations.
George “Lester” Fortier, President, Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade.
December 21, 2011:
April 28, 2011:
This is to inform all of our members that we have been notified of a mismanagement of funds involving our PayPal account. Our lawyer has been notified of all the facts and we have now been to the police. It is now currently under investigation. We will be keeping you all notified with updates in this investigation as soon as information is available. Any names of members involved in this investigation will be communicated to you as soon as it becomes a matter of public record.
For any questions please contact George “Lester” Fortier Cell # (708) 308-4661.