19 Year Old Hayward Woman Charged for Theft of $86,000 from Her Parents
A 19-year-old Hayward woman has been charged with theft of property over $10,000 in a personal setting and theft over $10,000 in a business setting, two felony charges which she faces 10 years in prison on each.
Jeanna Johnson is accused of writing out payroll checks to herself, her boyfriend and his step-father, from her parent’s business account. She is also accused of writing out checks in the amount of $23,605.78 from their personal checking account, according to the criminal complaint filed on Dec. 18 in Sawyer County Circuit Court.
The complaint states Johnson wrote out payroll checks totaling $63,039.38 over her normal payroll that she worked for.
Johnson’s mother and father met with law enforcement on October 27, 2017, after they met with their accountant at H&R Block who discovered the discrepancies in their business account. The Johnson’s were out of town at the time he made the discovery.
The parents told a Sawyer County Sheriff’s deputy that their daughter, Jeanna, was in charge of doing payroll for their business but wasn’t authorized to write out checks in the amount she is accused of writing. The parents also told the deputy that neither the boyfriend or his step-father work for their company.
In the memo on more than two dozen checks Johnson wrote to her boyfriend, she would list for landscaping, yard work, remimbursement, labor, or supplies.
The complaint further states that the deputy attempted to make contact with Johnson, who was living at the boyfriend and step-father’s house in K-Town on the LCO Reservation. He also attempted to make contact by phone but hasn’t been able to reach her.
The deputy did speak to the step-father about checks he received. He admitted to collecting three checks but said he did yard work for the business, but quit because it was hard on his knees, according to the complaint.
The complaint further states the deputy got a subpoena for documents from the boyfriend’s bank account at the Hayward Community Credit Union which showed that he deposited over $9,300 into his account from the business account made out to him. He also deposited over $2,300 from Johnson’s parents personal bank account.
Johnson has her initial appearance in Sawyer County Circuit Court on January 30, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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