LaSalle County Government Complex (Courthouse)

LaSalle County Etna Road Government Complex (LaSalle County photo)

Former LaSalle County Deputy Auditor Tori Artman of Mendota was acquitted of all charges on Wednesday and is now the second of three to be acquitted in the auditor's office Theft cases that have spiraled in the county for months.

After three hours of jury deliberations, the acquittal was handed down on Wednesday.

As WSPY previously reported, LaSalle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson of rural Sandwich was found not guilty of eight counts of felony Official Misconduct, one count of Misapplication of Public Funds, and two counts of felony Theft in June.

The ruling for Artman's boss found the prosecution did not meet their burden of proof. Artman and former deputy auditor Pamela Wright were both charged in Sept. 2018 with Conspiracy to Commit Theft Upon a Governmental Entity, Theft of Government Property Between $500 and $10,000 and Official Misconduct, accused of allegedly accepting overtime pay that was not earned.

Both were later fired by LaSalle County. Auditor Wilkinson, an elected official, remains in office and Wright heads to trial in two weeks.  

Artman took the stand on Tuesday arguing that she was not aware that any unearned overtime had been tallied and that it was added and approved by Auditor Wilkinson. She also said she went to a union representative and that she offered to pay back money. However, the prosecution took issue with Artman not being aware and said she had admitted to receiving funds for time not worked.

The defense, however, argued there wasn't enough for a conviction on charges.