NORTH AURORA – State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) has filed new legislation to increase criminal penalties for those convicted of theft from a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, signaling a commitment to protect the integrity of private funds that support a wide variety of charitable causes who provide services to individuals and families of need within communities throughout Illinois.
The legislation, House Bill 6599, would increase the punishment for those that steal from a nonprofit organization. The increased penalties would allow judges to sentence offenders to up to 30 years in prison for thefts from nonprofits of more than $500,000.
“We need to stiffen the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of misusing funds or in any way stealing from a nonprofit organization,” Representative Wheeler said. “These nonprofits do so much incredible and important work in the community, serving those who fall through the cracks of inefficient and impersonal government programs. We need to protect the integrity of the generous local donations that fund these organizations as well as honor the many unpaid volunteers who make these community service organizations viable.”