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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Village of Nelson Clerk Pleads Guilty to Stealing Funds from Bank of Alma

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that today Penny M. Mau, 54, Nelson, Wis., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to stealing over $2,800 from the Bank of Alma. 

Mau was charged on May 19, 2016, with taking approximately $2,836.22 in the custody of the Bank of Alma, in Alma, Wis., on January 31, 2014.  As part of her plea agreement, she has agreed to pay restitution for all losses relating to this charge, and all losses covered by the same course of conduct or scheme as this charge.  

Mau has admitted that while an employee of the Bank of Alma, she intentionally deposited Village of Nelson funds into her personal accounts and used those funds for her personal benefit.  At the time, she was employed in a part time capacity as a Clerk for the Village of Nelson.  One of her duties for the Village of Nelson was to handle the town finances and accounting system, which included depositing any receipts into the Town’s account at the Bank of Alma.

Mau faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  Judge William M. Conley has scheduled sentencing for September 8, 2016 at 1:00.

The charge against Mau is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn. 

Public Corruption
Updated June 23, 2016