Woman Sentenced for Embezzling Over $350,000 from Dells Fire & EMS Commissions
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Stephanie Czuprynko, 54, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William B. Conley to 15 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $358,233.42 in restitution. Judge Conley noted that Czuprynko paid the entire restitution amount prior to the sentencing hearing.
On May 21, 2019, Czuprynko pleaded guilty to embezzling public monies that involved at least $10,000 in federal funds. At the plea hearing, the government proffered facts showing that Czuprynko, who worked as the secretary/bookkeeper for the Delton Fire Department Commission and Dells-Delton Emergency Services Commission, had embezzled funds from the checking accounts of those two commissions. On November 20, 2018, the Lake Delton police confronted her with the missing money in the checking accounts and she confessed to stealing the funds. The total loss amounted to $358,233.42, and spanned from February 1, 2016 to November 16, 2018. Czuprynko provided spreadsheets to the police detailing her thefts.
At today’s sentencing, Judge Conley noted that Czuprynko’s embezzlement violated the trust of her employer, the trust of the public in its institutions, and placed the whole community at risk because of a lack of funds to provide Fire and EMS services.
After the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Scott Blader added, “My office is committed to holding accountable those who abuse the public trust for their own personal gain.”
The charges against Czuprynko are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lake Delton Police Department. The prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber.