Court Updates

DuPage County Judge George Bakalis ruled that Robert Geniesse was guilty of theft over $100,000, forgery and wire fraud, after taking agency funds to use for his own personal benefit. That included the purchase of tickets to pro-sports events, a trip to the Sundance Film Festival, and the distribution of funds to family members.

The 52-year-old was fired from Our Children’s Homestead in 2011, then left the U.S. in 2012, flying to Germany just days before he was charged with embezzling. He was later extradited and brought back to Illinois to face charges.

Geniesse is currently being held at the DuPage County Jail and will be sentenced on October 23.

Also recently in court, Michael Szot, who is being charged in the July 19 crash into a water-filled Naperville quarry, resulting in the death of two passengers.

His latest appearance was a status hearing in which the defense acknowledged receipt of documents from the prosecution.

The 21-year-old is facing nine felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol during an accident causing death.

Szot will next appear in court on November 5.

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