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DOJ: Columbus woman convicted of theft from school

Woman stole more than $22,000 for personal expenses

MADISON, Wis. - A Columbus woman was convicted Monday on one count of felony theft for stealing from a Columbia County Catholic school.

Susan Droessler pleaded guilty Monday, according to the release. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Droessler worked for a period of time as a secretary and bookkeeper for St. Jerome Parish and School in Columbus. In January 2010, a trustee on the parish finance council discovered that for a period of time dating back to at least the beginning of 2007, large sums of money had been stolen from the church and school.

Officials said an investigation revealed Droessler, who was able to write checks from the school and parish accounts, used school and parish funds to pay for various personal and family expenses.

Droessler used the funds to pay for items totaling more than $5,000 at Walmart, more than $17,000 for various credit card accounts in the defendants' name, and numerous other expenses for items and bills, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint also alleges that Droessler enrolled herself in full-time health benefits through the parish, which she was not entitled to. It is believed that the total amount of premiums paid by the parish from Aug. 2004 through August 2010 for the defendant's family coverage, dental plan and vision insurance was in excess of $88,000.

Droessler faces a fine not exceeding $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both.

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