GREEN BAY (WAOW) - An Antigo woman accused of stealing about $500,000 from the company where she worked as a human resources manager has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which she would admit to taking far less money.
Susan Tatro, 44, was indicted last May on 30 counts of wire fraud in an embezzlement scheme between 2006 and 2011 at Waukesha Bearings Corp.'s Antigo plant, according to court records.
Prosecutors say she wrote checks to herself off the company petty cash account and kept tens of thousands of dollars.
According to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Green Bay on Wednesday, Tatro has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud and admit stealing $17,000.
The plea agreement says Tatro, who started working for Waukesha Bearings in 1986 in the computer department and was named human resources director in Antigo in 1990, wrote more than 300 checks to herself totaling $540,000 between January 2006 and January 2011, but she claimed no more than $40,000 was wrongly diverted and the rest paid for company business.
Court records say the maximum punishment for the convictions is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Jacobs said Tatro's plea hearing is March 14 in Green Bay.
Waukesha Bearings, headquartered in Pewaukee, makes bearings for turbomachinery for oil and gas, power generation, marine and industrial companies. Its parent company is Dover Industrial Products.