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Amherst Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

July 14, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Sandra Braun, 44, of Amherst, Wis, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to two years of probation for theft of government funds. Braun pleaded guilty to this charge on May 13, 2011.

Sandra Braun was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development program in Stevens Point, Wis. Rural Development used federal funds to assist individuals with buying and improving their homes. Typical purposes for these funds included payment of utilities and payment of real estate taxes.

On February 5, 2009, Braun, through her employment at Rural Development, caused a check to be issued to the Portage County Treasurer’s Office from Rural Development funds in the amount of $2,433.82 to pay the property taxes on her home. Braun admitted that she processed the payment by adding on the amount of her taxes to an existing account.

During the preparation of her pre-sentence report, Braun lied about having a college degree. It was also determined that she lied when she applied for her job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and submitted false documentation to support this claim. Because of this, Judge Conley added a 90-day term of home detention to the conditions of her probation.

The charges against Braun were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.


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