A former northwoods veterinary clinic office manager accused of stealing and embezzling thousands of dollars says she’s not guilty.
Brenda Wigglesworth pleaded not guilty to theft in a business setting during an arraignment hearing Monday in Oneida County Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Wigglesworth, 47, did not always deposit the entire cash amount from daily sales at the Northwood's Animal Hospital in Minocqua. It's suspected she would have netted more than $21,000. She's also accused of writing checks to herself, or directly depositing money into her bank account totaling more than $10,000.
She's also suspected of overfunded contributions to her, and other employees', retirement systems. Police believe she didn't bill certain customers and would make loans to herself and other employees.
Wigglesworth was fired from the clinic last spring.
Investigators say she would use company money and credit cards to pay her personal bills and even had a personal cellphone activated on the company plan.
Wigglesworth is free on a $15,000 signature bond. A two-day trial has been scheduled to begin Dec. 18.
If convicted, she's faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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