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Woman steals more than $500,000 from employer

A 39-year-old Athens woman could face charges after police say she stole more than half a million dollars from her employers.

The woman worked at an accounting firm in Wausau called Northwestern Wisconsin Association. According to police, she wrote more than $500,000 in checks to herself during the past six years.

"It's typically an employee that's trusted and it's the last person you'd suspect," Detective Jeff Strobach from the Wausau Police Department said.

Strobach said the investigation began in November. After questioning, investigators say the woman confessed to stealing the money.

According to police reports, the woman told authorities she spent the money on trips, clothing, a vacation home and other expenses. They say the theft date back to 2006.

"The business owner discovered there was suspicious activity going on with one of his employees," Strobach explained.

The company declined to comment on camera. But, President Matthew Stifler released a statement saying, "this situation is difficult since each and every employee at Northwestern Wisconsin Associates is like family to us."

Stifler went on to write that the money stolen was directly out of the company's bank account and did not affect any of their clients.

"She just bought a lot of stuff," Strobach said. "Nothing really that's paid off, or that we can get back."

But, according to police, the woman and her employer have reached an agreement.

"She confessed to what she did to him and other people present and she said she would pay it all back," Strobach said.

Regardless, police have recommended charges of felony theft to the Marathon County District Attorney's office. The DA says he has received the documents and will review the case. Ultimately it is up to the district attorney if the woman will face charges.

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