Verona woman accused of stealing $144K from UW

Accountant took deposit cash to pay bills, police say

Published On: Dec 12 2013 06:20:02 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2013 11:28:00 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

An accountant is accused of stealing more than $100,000 while working for a University of Wisconsin department.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department said Sonja Dedrick of Verona was a senior accountant at the UW SWAP Shop in Verona. The shop sells a variety of state government property that’s not needed anymore, including computers and office furniture.

UW SWAP customers buy the surplus goods with cash or check. Dedrick was fired after money she was responsible for depositing was discovered missing.

Officials said Dedrick is accused of taking about $144,642. UWPD said she admitted to supervisors she stole the money and said she needed the money to keep her home out of foreclosure.

According to online records, a foreclosure of mortgage was filed against Dedrick in January 2012.

The UW SWAP Shop sells out of its warehouse at 1061 Thousand Oaks Trail in Verona and online through an auction site.

UW Police said the investigation of the case has spanned months. The investigation started in late September when employees noticed about $45,000 missing from accounts, prompting a broader audit, according to police.

Police said the money has been recovered. A review of accounting practices at SWAP is underway.

A message left at a number listed for Dedrick Thursday evening was not immediately returned.