HARRISBURG — The former director of the Anna Bixby Women’s Center was back in court Tuesday in Harrisburg. Barbara Wingo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, a Class 3 felony.
Wingo and her daughter, Terrie Wingo-Eichorn, former assistant director of Anna Bixby Women’s 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 was originally charged with nine additional counts, all of which were dropped Tuesday: organizing a continuing criminal financial crimes enterprise, a Class X felony; continuing a financial crime enterprise, a Class 1 felony; trustee misusing funds greater than $1,000, a Class 2 Felony; forgery – making or altering a document — a Class 3 felony; two Class A misdemeanor counts of forgery; and Class A misdemeanors of loan fraud, defrauding a financial institution and obtaining money from a financial institution, all less than $500.
Wingo also was sentenced Tuesday. She received 30 months of probation and was ordered to pay $53,642 in restitution plus court costs for a total of $60,000. The court kept $50,000 in bail, which was applied to the total. Wingo must pay the remaining $10,000 by April 10, 2018.
Wingo-Eichorn was originally charged with continuing a financial crime enterprise, a Class 1 felony; trustee misuse of funds, a Class 2 felony; two counts of forgery, Class 3 felonies; wire fraud, Class 3 felony; money laundering, Class 3 felony; loan fraud, defrauding a financial institution, and employee bribing a financial institution, all Class A misdemeanors.
Wingo-Eichorn pleaded guilty July 20, 2017, to wire fraud and money laundering, and the additional charged were dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Saline County court.
In addition to criminal charges, both women are named as defendants in a chancery suit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan on behalf of the people of the State of Illinois. A case management conference is scheduled for Dec. 1.
Anna Bixby Women’s Center has closed.
The Women’s Center, a Carbondale-based provider of domestic violence services, opened a satellite office in January 2016 to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Gallatin, Johnson and Saline counties.