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UPDATE: Ex-vet clinic manager charged with theft

MINOCQUA (WAOW) – A 47-year-old former office manager embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua starting in 2008, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Brenda Wigglesworth's scheme involved, in part, “excessive paychecks” to herself worth about $10,000 and keeping $21,500 that had been paid at the clinic's service counter instead of depositing it in a bank, the complaint said.

Wigglesworth, who worked at the clinic from 1999 until April 2013 as the bookkeeper/office manager, was charged with one count of theft in a business setting, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She made her first appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court and a judge set a preliminary hearing for July 3, online court records said.

The complaint said Wigglesworth used the clinic's credit cards for personal expenses, including to buy an $88 pair of shoes in Minnesota and to pay cell phone bills, the complaint said. She "overfunded" contributions to her and other employees' retirement accounts, the complaint said.

Wigglesworth was also accused of getting new credit cards using the clinic's credit and taking cash advances of nearly $200,000, the complaint said. “This may have been done to balance the books.”

The investigation began in April 2013 when Wigglesworth was fired, Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger said.

There is no motive that we have identified,” he said.

When she was fired, Wigglesworth gave the clinic $2,471 “toward what I owe the clinic,” the complaint said. “Wigglesworth stated she had been taking employee payroll advances since July 2009.”

Wigglesworth's attorney, Lindsay Erickson, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

MINOCQUA (WAOW) – Minocqua police say a 47-year-old woman was arrested following a months-long investigation into embezzlement at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua.

Brenda Wigglesworth, a former manager at the clinic, was arrested Monday in the probe that determined large amounts of money were missing, Police Chief David Jaeger said Tuesday.

The investigation began in April 2013 and determined money was missing back to 2006, Jaeger said. He declined comment on the total amount allegedly stolen.

The numbers are still being gathered,” he said. “There is no motive that we have identified.”

No charges were filed Tuesday morning but Wigglesworth was expected to be charged during a court appearance later Tuesday, the Oneida County district attorney's office said.

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