APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A former town treasurer near Appleton has struck a plea deal to charging $28,000 on government credit cards for personal expenses.
50-year-old Erica Siewert pleaded no contest Tuesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court to three embezzlement charges and three counts of misconduct in public office. 8 similar counts were dropped.
Prosecutors said they would ask the judge for a six-month jail term plus probation when Siewert is sentenced on October 8th.
Siewert is a former treasurer in the town of Dale, west of Appleton. She and former town clerk Marcia Kelly were both charged in late June, after an audit showed that both had used town credit cards for personal reasons. The embezzlement dated back to 2006.
The 67-year-old Kelly pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 33 counts of theft and misconduct. She’s scheduled to go on trial December 4th.
Authorities said Kelly took almost $50,000 – much of it for gambling, hotel stays, gift cards, and payments for her phone bills. Both Kelly and Siewert resigned their posts.