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Wausau woman sentenced to 8 years in prison

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau woman convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from a 95-year-old woman who trusted her to handle her financial affairs was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.

Laurie Goetsch, 47, was convicted of six counts of felony theft in a business setting after pleading no contest to the charges in February.

She was accused of getting about $200,000 from the account of the elderly woman over several months last year. Goetsch was the woman's power of attorney, but prosecutors said the money was not used in the victim's best interest.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Lamont Jacobson ordered Goetsch to spend 12 years on extended supervision after she is released from prison and perform 40 hours of community service, according to online Marathon County court records. She was given credit for 270 days already spent in jail.

Court documents said the elderly victim was worth about $1 million.

The judge ordered that a restitution hearing be scheduled later.

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