9/25/07

Teacher nabbed for union rip-off in Wisconsin

A Shiocton (WI) teacher has been charged with felony theft and accused of embezzling money from the teachers union while she served as its treasurer.

Tracy Stelter, 44, of New London is accused of taking more than $9,000 from the Shiocton Education Association between 2002 and last January, when a discrepancy was discovered in the union's books, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint, filed in Outagamie County Circuit Court, said Stelter wrote checks to "cash" or wrote checks to other people, disguising them as expense reimbursements.

The scheme started to unravel when the union couldn't pay its dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council in July of 2006, the complaint said. After getting another past due notice in November, the union had the books audited.

Stelter resigned her position as a special education teacher last January after being confronted with the discrepancies.

According to the complaint, she told police she needed the money after her husband lost his job.

(twincities.com)

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