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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bond set at $25,000 for Woman Accused of Stealing more than $175,000 from Former Employer

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a former employee of a Bensenville automobile business accused of stealing more than $175,000 from the now-defunct business. Rungnapa Correia, 48 (d.o.b. 3/12/1971) of 441 Kavalier Court, Schaumburg, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $25,000 with 10% to apply. The State had argued for a bond of $250,000 in accordance with a May 28, 2019, $250,000 arrest warrant was issued for Correia.


Correia was employed as an accountant for Yukikiaze Auto from 2002 until the business closed in 2017. As part of her duties, Correia was responsible for the business’s payroll. It is alleged that between October 2010 and June 2017, Correia wrote unauthorized checks to herself and deposited checks that were made out to cash in her own personal account. The alleged thefts were uncovered by the victim after completing an audit following the closing of the business. After uncovering the alleged thefts, the business contacted the Bensenville Police Department.


“It is alleged that Ms. Correia took advantage of the trust placed in her by Yukikiaze Auto to line her own pockets with more than $175,000 of the business’s money,” Berlin said. “Fortunately, Yukikiaze Auto uncovered the alleged thefts and alerted authorities. I would like to thank the Bensenville Police Department, particularly Deputy Chief Eric Zodrow, for unraveling Ms. Correia’s alleged scheme. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Dambach for his efforts in preparing a strong case against this defendant.” 


Correia’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 16, 2019. She is charged with one count of Theft  - $100,000-$500,000, a Class 1 Felony.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.