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Bond set for Glendale Heights woman charged in identity theft scheme

Destiney Baker
Destiney Baker

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, of the of 1500 block of Lippert Lane, appeared July 18 at a bond hearing where Judge George Bakalis set bond at $200,000, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

In all, Baker is charged with 52 counts of aggravated identity theft, 12 counts of identity theft, 11 counts of continuing financial crimes enterprise, 12 counts of financial institution fraud, three counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and one count of theft, the release stated.

Baker was taken into custody July 18 at the DuPage County Courthouse following her appearance at an unrelated case. During the hearing, 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, according to the release.

Baker, a CNA, allegedly met her victims through a staffing agency she used. Beginning in 2016 through February 2019, Baker allegedly stole banking information from her victims. She then used that information to gain access to her victims’ bank accounts, the release stated.

Baker also opened new accounts using her victims’ information. She allegedly 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, veterinary services for her dog, dental work for a relative and to pay off other credit accounts, according to the release.

Baker’s scheme was uncovered and investigated by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. The charges allege a total of thirty-three victims, according to the release.

“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,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “If these allegations are proven to be true, her despicable actions undoubtedly caused financial hardship to her thirty-three victims."