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Woman accused of stealing money from youth event says she was going to gamble it in Vegas

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

A concession stand volunteer is accused of stealing money from a youth wrestling tournament, so she could gamble in Las Vegas.

Investigators say Patti Poeschel took close to $2,000 while working at a meet in Marshfield, and the tournament chairman says he's irate. Police say this isn't the first time Poeschel stole money.

"It's bad enough to steal from adults, but you're stealing from children and young boys and girls," tournament chairman Jerald Lang said.

Lang says that Patti Poeschel was working the concession stand at a Marshfield Youth Wrestling Tournament in March.

The police report shows an off-duty deputy saw her take money from the till and put it in her pocket several times. When a Marshfield Police officer asked her about it, they say she originally denied it, and then said she had taken the money.

The criminal complaint says Poeschel took an officer to her van, where she gave him the money, totaling $1,970. That money is used to send wrestlers to other youth tournaments.

"To steal from kids, that's a kid's event. It's bad enough to steal from adults, but to steal from youth," Lang said.

When asked what she was planning to do with the money, court records say she told officials she planned on gambling with it in Las Vegas. Police say this isn't the first time Poeschel has taken money at a youth event.

"As a result of that investigation, there were event coordinators that hosted an event at the high school the preceding day, on the third of March, that indicated there was some concern about shortages in their drawers as well," Lt. Darren Larson with the Marshfield Police Department said.

That event was for the Marshfield High School band. Officials say Poeschel later admitted to taking $250 from them.

"They were able to recover some of the funds that had allegedly been taken and the suspect acknowledged their involvement in that," Larson said.

Marshfield court officials say Poeschel pled no contest to that offense last month. Poeschel did not wish to comment, and directed Newsline 9 to her attorney, who didn't wish to comment either.

Poeschel has been charged with misdemeanor theft. If convicted, she could face up to nine months behind bars and up to $10,000 in fines. She is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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