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Northfield Police nab two for embezzling from accounting firm

A three-year theft investigation in Northfield concluded Thursday, Oct. 1, with the arrests of two women: Josefina Camacho, 38, of Chicago, and Irina Pavchinskaya-Cedano, 35, of Glenview.

Camacho and Cedano reportedly in 2017 stole more than $83,000 from their employer, an accounting firm in the 400 block of Central Avenue in Northfield, according to Village of Northfield documents.

The director of the firm, which police declined to identify, filed a report on Nov. 1, 2017, claiming one or more employees had embezzled funds from the company.

Over the last three years, police reportedly discovered that the stolen funds totaled $83,553 and on Oct. 1 charged Camacho and Cedano with one count each of felony theft. It is unclear when and if the arrested women lost employment with the accounting firm.

The Record has filed a public-records request for more information.

It is not the first run-in with Northfield police for Cedano, who in 2018, according to police summaries from, turned herself in to the Northfield police on outstanding warrants in relation to fraud and forgery charges.

According to the Illinois State Bar Association, Cedano received her law license in 2011 under the name Irinia Pavchinskaya. She was disbarred in May 2017 after pleading guilty to felony theft for cashing a fraudulent check from her employer, receiving nearly $2,000. Cedano reportedly forged checks from her employer multiple times and misused client information and property.

Camacho and Cedano were transported to Skokie Court for bond hearings before court dates on Oct. 23.

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