EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Eau Claire woman found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars from the Eau Claire County Humane Association is sentenced to five years in prison.
48-year-old Nicole Wilson appeared for her sentencing hearing in Eau Claire County court. Besides five years in prison, she’s also sentenced to 10 years of combined extended supervision and probation.
A criminal complaint filed in the case says Wilson served as the Humane Association’s bookkeeper for approximately five months in 2018. Authorities say Wilson tried to cash a check for 60- thousand dollars at a Royal Credit Union Branch in Eau Claire.
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In handing down the sentence, Judge John Manydeeds wanted to make sure Wilson knew the gravity of her actions.
Manydeeds said, “You are a person who cannot be allowed to victimize anybody else. To hear H.M. talk about what happened to her and her business, to hear about the affect it had and You know, it’s a small business, she’s struggling to make a go of it and you basically tried to guyter. Simple as that.”
Wilson entered into a plea agreement in May. She was also charged in a separate case in September.
She’s accused of stealing her clients’ information and applying for loans without their knowledge.