By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — A 55-year-old Weston woman is facing criminal charges after her employer discovered more than $37,000 missing from his business accounts, according to court documents.
Deborah Fletcher faces charges of theft in a business setting in a case filed Friday, June 22 in Marathon County Circuit Court. Fletcher is the former manager of Stillwater Landing Mobile Home Park in Weston.
According to court filings, the owner of the property, who lives in British Columbia, first became suspicious of Fletcher in October when he had trouble accessing his online banking account information. When the victim finally was able to access his account, he noted more than $11,000 in unauthorized debit card withdrawals, usually taken at area casinos, police said.
Upon further investigation, the business owner discovered about $26,000 in unauthorized cash withdraws from his business checking account, police said. That’s when he confronted Fletcher, who allegedly admitted the theft in an email to her boss. Fletcher allegedly offered to repay the money, telling her boss that she was expecting a major child support settlement. But when repayment never materialized, the business owner called police and flew to Weston to meet with investigators. He fired Fletcher on March 20.
A date for an initial appearance has not yet been set for Fletcher, who has no prior criminal record in Wisconsin. If she is convicted, Fletcher faces up to 10 years in the Wisconsin Prison System along with a $25,000 fine.
No mugshot is available for Fletcher, who will be summoned into court.