The former vice president of an Aurora-based engineering firm was sentenced to six months in the DuPage County Jail after pleading guilty today to using the firm’s corporate credit card to ring up $870,000 in personal expenses over a seven-year span.

Tami Brown, 53, of the 1600 block of Clarkson Court in Naperville, pleaded guilty to theft over $100,000 on the day that she was expected to begin a jury trial.

Brown was the vice president of operations for Engineering Systems Inc., when she used the firm’s corporate credit card, which she was responsible for paying off, for restaurant meals, groceries, hotels, and numerous other personal expenses from 2001 to 2008, Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Michalak told Judge George Bakalis.

Brown, who has no previous criminal history, faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, before she accepted the six-month jail sentence and the two years of probation.  She has also previously settled a civil lawsuit against her by the firm for about $400,000, said prosecutors.
A company internal audit uncovered the theft.

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