You Paid For It: State employee still paid after indictment

Published 04/18 2013 10:13PM

Updated 05/08 2013 10:59AM

URBANA -- A DCFS employee charged with stealing money from the state was still getting paid three weeks after those charges were announced. Andrea Miller, 42, works in the Urbana field office for DCFS.

In a separate case, the Attorney General filed two charges against Miller, theft and wire fraud. Prosecutors say Miller used to be a guardian for a child with special needs. But according to the indictment, the child left Miller's home in 2007 and she continued to collect monthly payments from the state.

In total, the indictment alleges Miller stole more than $55,000 from the state between 2007 and 2011. The Attorney General announced the charges on March 22 in a press release.

About a week later, people began wondering why Miller was still on the job. A search of salary records found Miller was still being paid. Her last check was April 12.

DCFS says Miller was placed on paid administrative leave from May 2011 to March 2012, then returned to work. After prosecutors filed the charges, the department decided to suspend her without pay. That suspension started April 11, according to DCFS.

Miller is due back in court in May. She pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, she could face up to 15-years in prison.

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