MADISON, Wis. - A former accountant accused of stealing more than $144,000 from a university department will spend 80 days in jail, according to a release from UW-Madison police.
Sonja Dedrick, 43, of Verona, pleaded guilty Friday to felony embezzlement. She was also sentenced to three years of probation.
According to the complaint, Dedrick was responsible for depositing money from UW Surplus with a Purpose, or SWAP, shop sales at the bank. Dedrick told UW police she took cash from the deposits to pay personal bills from October 2012 through Sept. 19, 2013. After taking the cash, she hid the bags containing checks and coins in her desk and at home, the complaint alleged. Dedrick said she would return the money after about 45 to 60 days and deposit the bags.
Police said the total amount Dedrick took was $144,642.52, but some funds were later replaced. The complaint said of the former figure, $23,485.39 was never deposited and not recovered in a search of Dedrick's home or desk.
The Verona-based SWAP Shop sells surplus government equipment like desks and computers.
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