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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Woman Sentenced For Failure To Declare Embezzled Money On Income Tax Returns

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cornelia J. Mutter, 58, St. Germain, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to one year and one day in federal prison for filing false information in a 2008 tax return.   Mutter pleaded guilty to this charge on March 13, 2015.

Mutter worked as Vice President of Information Technology for T.A Solberg Company, Inc. in Minocqua, Wis., during the years 2004 through 2010.  In that capacity, Mutter had access to T.A. Solberg checks.  Without authorization, she used the company checks to make payments to multiple personal credit cards from January 2004 to December 2010.  In addition, Mutter used T.A. Solberg checks to pay for groceries, and medical and dental expenses.    

T.A. Solberg discovered the embezzlement when they conducted an investigation and audit of the accounts payable after a credit card company called T.A. Solberg and inquired about company checks being used to pay off personal credit card accounts.  Although T.A. Solberg did not pursue charges for the embezzlement, Mutter never declared the money she embezzled as income on her federal tax returns, including the return for 2008.  According to IRS calculations, Mutter embezzled more than $500,000 over the seven years, resulting in a tax liability of $146,047.97.  Judge Crabb ordered Mutter to cooperate with the IRS in paying these past due taxes.

The charge against Mutter was the result of an investigation conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson. 

Updated July 14, 2015