A Milwaukee woman has been charged with felony theft after allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from the healthcare company at which she worked. Police claim over a nine year stretch the payroll specialist manipulated employee accounts for financial gain. The company called the alleged ploy a "sophisticated process," but no facts detailing how the alleged crime was actually committed have emerged. Police further claim the stolen money was used for gambling purposes, and casino records allegedly back up their claim.
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Two Milwaukee auto repair shop owners are in hot water after allegedly defrauding customers who paid for auto emissions tests. Police claim the owners were charging customers whose vehicles failed the test for repair, but, after accepting payment, the owners allegedly failed to repair the car and instead hooked a clean vehicle to the testing machine to falsely show the customer's car passed. Police further claim the investigation was launched when a built-in security system in the testing equipment alerted the Department of Motor Vehicles of irregularities. The two accused men now face fraud charges, one a misdemeanor, the other a felony.
Three men from another state are facing charges related to a reported attempt to purchase cell phones using fraudulent account information. According to a report, Verizon Wireless stores were told about attempts by some people trying to purchase cell phones after gaining access to accounts using stolen information. The people would discover Social Security numbers of account holders and have themselves listed as authorized individuals on those breached accounts.
A former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player was convicted this week of four counts of federal wire fraud. Prosecutors alleged that Tate George carried out a Ponzi scheme from 2005 to 2011, and will now face sentencing early next year. According to a report, he could face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.
A man who shot a person accused of trying to rob an Aldi store has himself been arrested. However, the man was never charged with a crime for shooting the alleged robber, or carrying a gun, as he had a concealed-carry permit. The man, who became a face for gun rights after he became the first concealed-carry permit holder to shoot an alleged robber in Wisconsin, was arrested for tax fraud.
On August 14, a business man in the medical industry pleaded not guilty in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. He had waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and the judge scheduled his next appearance in court for just over one month from now, on September 19.
Ten people in the Milwaukee area were charged with voter fraud last week. Milwaukee County filed various charges against the people including voting more than once, providing false information to an election official and voting as a disqualified person. These charges are extremely serious. One person that is facing charges in these cases could face $70,000 in fines and over 24 years in prison if he is convicted.
When a person is in a position of authority, or they might be linked to a high profile person, they often come under scrutiny more than people who aren't in the public eye. Recently, a former aide to Governor Scott Walker, while he was Milwaukee County Executive, pealed guilty to charges brought against him. Through a plea agreement, the man pleaded guilty to a single charge of embezzlement and agreed to pay restitution to the organization he was accused of stealing from in exchange for two other charges being dropped.
A pediatrician in Milwaukee will now likely serve 10 months in prison, if she has good behavior. The woman was convicted of 16 counts of health care fraud after a jury found her guilty of billing the government for services of an unlicensed doctor. According to reports, the woman had been working with poor families throughout her career and only meant to help those in need.
A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker while he was a Milwaukee County executive has pleaded guilty to felony misconduct. Felony charges are especially serious. Sometimes these charges can result in prison sentences of more than a year. According to reports the woman in this case could face up to three-and-a-half years in prison, but prosecutors will ask the judge for jail time and probation according to a report.