HARRISBURG — The former assistant director of Anna Bixby Center was sentenced Tuesday in Saline County after pleading guilty in July to wire fraud and misuse of funds.
Terrie Wingo-Eichorn was sentenced to 48 months of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $50,000, plus fines and court costs for a total $60,000. The court kept $45,000 in bond. The remaining $15,000 must be paid by Oct. 22, 2021.
Wingo-Eichorn and her mother, Barbara Wingo, former director of Anna Bixby Center, were both named in charges filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in March 2015 in Saline County. They were accused of falsifying documents in order to receive grants for fictitious services for victims of domestic violence, loan fraud and taking funds from the center to purchase items such as a computer, LCD television and Nintendo Wii for personal use.
Wingo-Eichorn was originally charged with seven additional counts, all of which were dropped in July: continuing a financial crime enterprise, a Class 1 felony; two counts of forgery, Class 3 felonies; money laundering, Class 3 felony; loan fraud, defrauding a financial institution and employee bribing a financial institution, all Class A misdemeanors.
Wingo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in October in a plea agreement, and nine additional counts were dropped. She was sentenced to 30 months of probation and ordered to pay restitution and costs totaling $60,000.
Both women are also named as defendants in a chancery suit filed by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the people of Illinois. A case management conference is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 1.
Anna Bixby Women’s Center has closed.
The Women’s Center, a Carbondale-based organization that serves victims of domestic violence, opened a satellite office in Harrisburg in January 2016 to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Gallatin, Johnson and Saline counties. For information, call 618-294-8641.