Next Court Date for Webb Dec. 19

The former Woodridge cop charged with taking $30,000 from a police charity will again appear in court later this month.

The next court date for a former Woodridge cop charged with stealing $30,000 from a police charity has been set. 

Scott A. Webb, 40, of Romeoville, has a scheduled hearing on Dec. 19. 

Webb was indicted May 23  on two counts of theft and was sought on a $250,000 bail arrest warrant.

Kapas said that in 2009 and 2010, Illinois C.O.P.S. did not receive donations following the two bar crawls, called "Crawlin' for the Fallen." 

Grand jury records indicated two large deposits were made to Webb's personal bank account following the 2009 and 2010 events. These deposits were separate from payroll deposits from the, she said.

In 2009, the amount deposited was $11,283. In 2010, the amount was $5,707. In total, more than $30,000 was taken, Kapas said. 

Webb's attorney told prosecutors Webb would turn himself in on May 24 at 3 p.m. He never did. 

Assistant State's Attorney Helen Kapas said he instead went to say goodbye to his sister, Dawn Ferralez. He gave her $2,000, asked her to sell his possessions and write down her phone number and address. Ferralez insists her brother told her he would turn himself in and gave her the money to buy a larger care to care for her children and grandchildren.

At 1 p.m. May 24, Webb withdrew $16,500 from his bank account, Kapas said. 

Five months later,  living under the alias "Jeff Scott Waits" in an apartment with a loaded handgun and almost $6,000 in cash. His car was concealed in a shed with D.C. plates covering the Illinois registered ones.

Webb's sister  since his disappearance in May. She said there must be an explanation for the large deposits to his account and she doubts the bar crawls could have generated $30,000 in profit. 

Kapas requested in October the bail for Webb be increased from $250,000 to $2 million. Webb posed a "substantial risk" for violating bail requirements and fleeing the jurisdiction, she said. 

Webb's bail was increased to $750,000 last month. 

Jim Ryan, Webb's attorney, said Webb did not have the funds to post the 10 percent of his previous bail, so raising it to $750,000 "doesn't really matter," Ryan said.

Creswell said she based her decision on the evidence of flight in May. If Webb can post bail, he must wear a GPS device at all times and he must show up for every court day. If he does not, he will be sought on a no-bond warrant and could be tried and sentenced without being present to defend himself. 

Creswell said if convicted, Webb could face 3 to 7 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or up to four years of probation. 

Kapas said in November she had 4,000 pages of discovery and was ready to proceed with the case. 

Julie Burke December 05, 2011 at 06:51 PM
The article doesn't say who Kapas is.
Melissa Sersland December 05, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Sorry about that. It said it later in the article. I've edited it so that's more clear.


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