Woman pleads guilty in Stoughton Wrestling Club embezzlement

Woman pleads guilty in Stoughton Wrestling Club embezzlement
Deanna Braaten, 50, of Stoughton

A Stoughton woman accused of embezzling money from a youth sports club for years will spend less than a year in jail but a decade of probation paying back her victims, according to online records.

Deanna R. Braaten, 50, pleaded guilty to six felony charges Monday, according to Dane County court records. Seven other counts were dismissed but read in.

Braaten was accused of bilking money from the Stoughton Viking Wrestling Club from 2009 through 2015, a total of $86,000.

Braaten was sentenced to 11 months in jail followed by 10 years probation. Braaten won’t serve any prison time, but will instead be required to pay restitution. The need to work to pay restitution was a factor in the sentence, according to a Stoughton Courier Hub report.

Police also said detectives found evidence that Braaten had taken more than $270,000 from a vulnerable adult, a woman she helped care for, in Stoughton over the same time period, using those funds to cover her family’s purchases and debts.