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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bond Set at $200,000 for Glendale Heights Woman Accused of Financial Crimes

91-count indictment alleges identity theft/Financial Institution Fraud

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Glendale Heights woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars through an elaborate scheme involving identity theft of more than two dozen victims. Destiney Baker, 33 (d.o.b. 1/20/1986) of 1540 Lippert Lane, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge George Bakalis set bond at $200,000 with 10 % to apply.  In all, Baker is charged with fifty-two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, twelve counts of Identity Theft, eleven counts of Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, twelve counts of Financial Institution Fraud, three counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and one count of Theft. Baker was taken into custody today at the DuPage County Courthouse following her appearance at an unrelated case. In court this morning, Judge Bakalis also left in place a State’s previous motion for a proof of funds which requires Baker to prove that any funds used to post bond were not illegally obtained. 

It is alleged that Baker, a CNA, met her victims through a staffing agency she used. It is alleged that beginning in 2016 through February 2019, Baker stole banking information from her victims. It is alleged that Baker then used that information to gain access to her victims’ bank accounts. It is alleged that Baker also opened new accounts using her victims’ information. It is further alleged that Baker stole tens of thousands of dollars and used the illegally gotten funds for personal expenses including airline tickets to Hawaii for herself and three children, tuition for her children at St. Matthew Parish Church, veterinary services for her dog, dental work for a relative and to pay off other credit accounts. Baker’s alleged scheme was uncovered and investigated by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. The charges allege a total of thirty-three victims.

“It is alleged that Ms. Baker systematically stole thousands of dollars from her victims, some of whom were elderly, to pay for vacations, private school tuition and veterinarian services for her dog among other things,” Berlin said. “If these allegations are proven to be true, her despicable actions undoubtedly caused financial hardship to her thirty-three victims. I would like to thank the Glendale Heights, Naperville and Aurora Police Departments for their assistance on this case. This is a very complicated case and I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Michalak and State’s Attorney Investigator John McAnally for their efforts in unraveling Ms. Baker’s alleged scheme.”

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.