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Crime & Courts

Attorneys ready to argue deputy auditor case

Jury selected Monday

A jury was selected Monday in the overtime pay case against former La Salle County auditor employee Tori Artman.

Arguments are set to begin 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Artman, 44, of Mendota, is charged with taking $1,358.88 in pay between Oct. 24, 2016, and Aug. 7, 2017, for overtime prosecutors said she didn't work. She is represented by Mendota lawyer Todd Martin.

La Salle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly's motion was granted Monday to bar any reference to La Salle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson being found not guilty July 14 in her overtime pay case. If the prosecution calls Wilkinson to the stand, however, the motion will not be in effect.

Lawyers estimated last week the trial could take about two days after jury selection.

Artman will be the first of two former auditor employees to go to trial on the overtime theft charges. Pamela Wright, 54, of Ottawa, also is charged with receiving $1,672 in pay for overtime work prosecutors said she didn't perform. Wright is scheduled for trial Monday, Aug. 26, with a pretrial hearing set for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

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