Glenview Restaurant Bookkeeper Charged With Embezzlement

GLENVIEW, Ill. (CBS) — A former waitress trusted by the family that owns the popular Hackney’s restaurants in Glenview is charged with embezzling more than $186,000 over a two-year period from one of the restaurants.

Shawn Dragman, 52, of the 800 block of Glendale Road in Glenview, was charged March 18 with one felony count of theft after Glenview detectives concluded a six-month investigation. Dragman worked in the Hackney’s location at 1241 Harms Rd.

“It is very tough on us, for sure,” said Jane Blair, one of the managers of Hackney’s on Harms and a member of the Masterson family that owns the Hackney’s chain. “All we can say is it will all come out when she goes to court.”

Dragman began working for Hackney’s as a waitress about 25 years ago and progressed to a part-time bookkeeper for Hackney’s on Harms. As such, she had signature authority on the restaurant’s bank accounts and she prepared and issued checks to vendors, according to documents presented at her bond hearing by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Beginning in July 2008, Dragman took an amount of cash from the restaurant’s daily deposits and deposited a Hackney’s check in the same amount in the account, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Karyn Stratton. In that way, Hackney’s own checks were making up much of the deposit, but went unnoticed because the bank does not send customers copies of their deposit tickets or the checks that make up deposits.

In August 2010, the bank sent a correction notice to the restaurant with a copy of a check enclosed. The office manager noticed it was one of the restaurant’s own checks, which led to an internal and then criminal investigation.

Dragman was arrested by Glenview police March 17 at a Northfield shopping center. Bond was set $50,000 pending an April 8 court date in Skokie.

The Hackney’s restaurant chain has been in business since 1939, and operates two Glenview restaurants, as well as locations in the city and several other suburbs.

Pioneer Press contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • David

    $186,000? She should easily be able to make bond.

  • Marks

    Now that they found the culprit, does that mean I can get a hamburger for less than $25.?

  • don

    They were probably scratching their heads wondering why they were not making any money-probably blamed it on the recession.

    This greedy cow may have put all the rest of the employees at risk of losing their jobs-You know what old Barreta used to say? “If you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime”

    Probably blew it at a casino-what an idiot.

  • Sean Ryan

    No more Hackney Burgers or Loaves of Onion Rings for her!

  • Jason1

    With any crime such as this, the criminals should pay everything back. And when they are unable to do that, use their returns to figure out their hourly earnings and then have their prison sentence equal the length of time it would take them to earn that amount.

  • Centurion

    WOW, after 25 years ..she was able to progress to part time bookkeeper.

  • Alarm Clock

    Did you ever go to one on lake and waukegan the owner Mr Masterson is always at the bar drinking nowonder this woman was able to get away with
    this so long,he`s a fool.WAKE up Mr Masterson

  • Sgs

    Well, his name was not Mr. Masterson, and the man you’re calling by that name passed away last year. And this is a different location anyway. Good to know you’re in the loop!

  • Another mom

    I know her and her family. They are so nice. I’m shocked beyond belief! What a sad tragedy for her family.

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