A former Joliet resident who was found guilty nearly four years ago of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly man has yet to pay back all the money.
Now Gloria Osorio, 37, wants a public defender to represent her.
Osorio, who is living in Chicago and in the past sometimes used the first name of Renee, was arrested in 2004 and charged with four counts of financial exploitation of the elderly. While working as a broker for investment firm A.G. Edwards, she was accused of taking money from Earl Fromm Sr. of Morris. Osorio was supposed to have invested the cash for him but did not.
During the investigation, Osorio told a Joliet police officer that she took between $65,000 and $70,000 over a few months. Some of the money was used to pay off the $34,000 loan on her Mercedes-Benz. She also told the officer about opening an account for Fromm at a credit union. Osorio had access to that money and listed herself as Fromm's granddaughter on the credit union's records.
Represented by Ira Goldstein, Osorio had a bench trial in September 2005 in Judge Richard Schoenstedt's courtroom, and he found her guilty.
In early 2006, the judge sentenced Osorio to 48 months probation and 180 days in jail. He also ordered her to pay restitution of a little more than $62,500.
Osorio paid $26,527.30 but still owes more than $36,000.
Osorio will return to court at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4.
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Ex-Broker Can't Pay Back Stolen Money, Afford Lawyer