Back in July 2008, I moved into an apartment. I was working from home before and had written down someones information to get them signed up for a product that required personal information. I called the electric company to put the electric in my name, and they said I wasn’t able to get it because I had a prior past due bill that needed to be paid first. I was freaking out because I didn’t have that kind of money, and I was pregnant and have a 5 year old child. I was racking my brain on what to do, so I went though my notebook and found this person’s information. I called the electric company and put it in their name. Every bill that I got, I paid, and was never late. It wasn’t my intent to hurt this person at all. I just needed to borrow it to make sure that my unborn child and my 5 year old had heat and a way for me to make them food. I ended up moving out a few months later after the baby was born and in with someone else, and had the electricity turned off. I forgot about paying the balance of the budget bill (0 and some change). The electric company located this person (states away) and mailed them the bill. It was reported as fraud/identity theft. I was contacted by my city police and went down to the station immediately and confessed everything. I even brought proof that I had been paying the bill. The officer was extremely nice and thanked me for my cooperation. He stated that he can tell that I didn’t do this out of malice because I was extremely truthful and he sees proof of payment. He told me that he would send it to the DA and call me when and if a warrant was issued so I could go and turn myself in without embarrassment. Just this Friday, he called and said a warrant was issued and a ,000 bond as well. He told me to just come in Monday morning at 6am that way I could see the judge the same day for my preliminary hearing. I am guilty, I know that I did it, and I don’t want to plead NOT guilty because that would make me a liar. I want to know if I plead guilty on Monday, if I will be put in jail. I’m scared, but I know I messed up and am willing to pay back what I owe. I have no record other than minor traffic violations. What do you think will happen?
Preliminary Hearing For Fraud in IL?
December 27, 2010 By