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Wausau woman gets jail sentence for forgery


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the law firm where she worked was sentenced to 180 days in jail and placed on probation for five years Tuesday, according to online court records.

In a plea bargain, Susan Adams, 59, was convicted of four felony counts of forgery and four other felonies were dismissed, online Marathon County court records said.

According to the criminal complaint filed in August 2012, Adams, who formerly worked in the Marathon County clerk of courts office, stole more than $5,000 from the law firm of Hess, Dexter, Reinertson and Brunner in Wausau.

Adams wrote checks from the law firm's account to pay personal bills, the criminal complaint said.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Wetzsteon said the law firm became suspicious after Adams was given $900 involving the sale of some Green Bay Packers tickets to deposit and only $300 showed up in the account. That led to further inquiries.

Court records say Adams told investigators she used some of the money to pay back a $120,000 restitution bill she owes from a 1994 federal conviction for embezzling $119,000 from M & I bank in Wausau.

That restitution has been fully repaid, Wetzsteon said.

In Tuesday's sentencing, Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer ordered Adams to pay $5,500 in restitution, which court records say she did prior to the hearing, and apologize as part of her probation. The judge also ordered Adams to begin serving the jail sentence, with work privileges, on Jan. 2.

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