Eau Claire County To Receive Funds From Onarheim Estate Sale


Eau Claire county will receive more than $11,000 in restitution following the estate sale of a former deputy treasurer. Kay Onarheim and former county treasurer Larry Lokken were convicted in the fall of 2015 of stealing more than $625,000 from the county from 2011 to 2013.

Both have been ordered to pay a combined restitution of more than $681,000. Included in the sale were items like designer shoes, bags, furniture and appliances

Corporation counsel Keith Zelms says Eau Claire County will receive a little over $11,000 from the sale

The Department of Corrections is processing the funds and will send the county the check, minus costs and fees. The company handling the sale gets 35 percent of the total amount. The county says all restitution payments are being held in a separate account through the finance department.

“We really didn’t have any idea of what that would be or what we’d receive from that and I think form what we can tell is the sale was a good sale this past weekend, was successful, and therefore we’re getting 11,000 dollars.”

Since April, Onarheim has been making monthly payments of around $1,080 to the county from her Wisconsin retirement fund. Zelms says Lokken has also been making payments. The county says it expects the total amount of restitution by the end of the year to be around $36,000.

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