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Central Wisconsin treasurer steals nearly $25,000 from town

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CLARK COUNTY (WAOW) -

A central Wisconsin treasurer is accused of stealing money from an area town. 75-year old Sandra Fritz is charged with theft and misconduct, after officials say she stole nearly $25,000.

Sheriff's officials say Fritz admitted to stealing the money for two years from the Town of Green Grove in Clark County.

A criminal complaint says this all began from a voice mail Fritz left for the town clerk in April. In the voice mail she says, "I had money missing from both accounts, which I borrowed from both accounts."

She goes on to ask if "we can just keep it between the two of us for now," and "what a huge sacrifice for you to do, but I would appreciate it."

"The town clerk had recently applied for online access to the accounts for the township,” said Chief Deputy James Hirsch of the Clark County Sheriff's Department. “I believe that's what prompted the town treasurer to leave a voice mail message to the clerk."

The complaint says the town clerk and chairman reviewed online bank records, and thought cash was withdrawn from two savings accounts. Authorities say that's when the town hired an auditor to look at the accounts, and confirmed money was taken out more than 15 times by Fritz, in amounts ranging from $230, to more than 2,000.

When sheriff's officials asked Fritz about the account, she told them she took the money for items in her home and to gamble at casinos.

"There was approximately $24,000 missing out of the township funds out of two different savings accounts," said Hirsch.

Officials are trying to figure out how this happened.

"It's not really clear why she did it, or if she was going to get away with it," said Hirsch.

We reached out to Fritz to get her side of the story, but she did not return our calls.

Fritz was the Town of Green Grove treasurer for 16 years. The complaint says she was just re-elected to the position.

She also told officials she never told her husband about taking the town's money.

We also reached out to the town's chairman. On the phone, he said he did not want to comment on the incidents, but he did say it's not a good situation.

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