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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Onalaska Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Linda C. Germann, 57, Onalaska, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to three years’ probation.  On September 21, 2017, Germann pleaded guilty to stealing money from a federally insured credit union.


Beginning in October 2013, Germann stole $14,813.19 from Altra Federal Credit Union.  Germann used various methods including: misappropriation of stale dated cashier’s checks; the creation and reimbursement of false debit card losses; the issuance of ‘instant issue’ automated teller machine cards (debit cards) to obtain account access; the re-issuance of stale dated gift cards; and the utilization of dormant accounts and ‘bad address’ accounts.  In sentencing Germann, Judge Conley noted that the defendant stole the money because of debts incurred due to a gambling problem. 


The charges against Germann were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma.


Financial Fraud
Updated December 7, 2017