By JEFF ENGELHARDT – jengelhardt

Indian Oaks general manager charged with theft

SHABBONA – The general manager of Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona was arrested Thursday on charges alleging he stole money from the golf course.

Christopher J. Paterson, 42, of the 600 block of South Main Street in Naperville, allegedly took more than $10,000 in cash from the country club and wrote more than $500 in unauthorized checks for personal use, police said.

He is also charged with not reimbursing the golf course for five sets of clubs valued at more than $500, police said.

If convicted of the most serious charge of theft exceeding $10,000, Paterson could face up to 7 years in prison. He was charged with three felony counts of theft.

No one from the country club was available for comment Thursday.

Paterson, who was hired by the club in July, started the string of thefts in August, DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. Employees at the club noticed problems in October and contacted the sheriff’s department in December, Dumdie said.

The Sheriff’s department opened an investigation Dec. 8 and issued a warrant for Paterson on Jan. 2.

Officers arrested Paterson at his Naperville home.

Dumdie said some of the payees from the unauthorized checks have repaid the money, but most financial recovery would happen through any restitution the court might order.

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