An Illinois woman who admitted she had a gambling addiction when she embezzled $124,000 from a Quad-City staffing agency was sentenced Thursday to probation.
Scott County District Judge Mark Cleve told 40-year-old Heather Quist of Carbon Cliff that if she violates her probation, she'll face 20 years in prison.
She had pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft.
"I want to teach my children that if you own up to what you've done, there is some sort of forgiveness," Quist said in court.
Cleve said he was giving Quist probation so she can work to pay off what she stole from Chenhall's Staffing, 2119 E. 12th St., Davenport, where she worked at least two years as a recruitment specialist.
Court records state Quist issued checks to herself from the company's checking account without authorization and deposited the checks into two different banking institutions.
When issuing checks to herself, she forged the name of the company’s owner, Bob Hickman, records state.
She accused of embezzling $124,812.92 from the company account from October 2010 to December 2012.
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"She's very embarrassed about what happened," her attorney, Jean Capdevila, said.
Capdevila said Quist suffers an addictive personality disorder, including a gambling addiction, as well as bipolar disorder.
Quist said in court that she's seeking therapy for her gambling addiction and hasn't gambled in a year.
Hickman, who appeared at her sentencing, declined comment afterward.