OTTAWA — A jury of five men and seven women (plus two alternates, both women) could decide Wednesday whether one of La Salle County’s deputy auditors unlawfully collected unearned overtime.

Tori Artman, 45, of Mendota stands trial today on felony charges stemming from a roughly 10-month period, ending in summer 2017, when she collected nearly $1,400 in overtime and that prosecutors say was fraudulent.

Artman could face up to 7 years in prison if convicted of three felonies led by theft of governmental property.

Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia will preside over the jury trial and has settled a pre-trial issue: Attorneys can discuss the concluded case against auditor Jody Wilkinson but may not, at this point, tell jurors that Wilkinson was acquitted of her charges.

After Artman’s case is concluded, attorneys turn their attention to deputy auditor Pamela Wright, whose trial is set for Aug. 26. Wright accused of taking $1,672.86, in falsified overtime over the same time frame as Artman.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_Court.

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Tom Collins is the NewsTribune Senior Reporter. He can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.

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