Richland Center woman charged in theft of government funds

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A Richland Center woman has been charged with stealing government funds for almost six years, according to a release.

Josephine Ann Dobbs, 67, was charged Wednesday with stealing approximately $128,592 in government funds granted to United Migrant Opportunity Services through the Workforce Investment Act, officials said.

According to the release, Dobbs was employed by UMOS at its center in Richland Center as a case manager who administered WIA grant funds.

The indictment alleges that from June 2008 through May 2014, Dobbs endorsed checks to WIA program participants by forging the signatures of participants, officials said. Then she would allegedly sign her own name under the forged signatures and deposit the checks into her personal accounts.

If convicted, Dobbs faces a maximum 10 years in federal prison.