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Arbor Vitae Women Guilty of Theft from Employer

12 Jun News

An Arbor Vitae woman entered a plea deal after being charged with theft from a Minocqua grocery store where she worked.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Michelle R. Popenhagen entered no contest pleas and was found guilty of three misdemeanor theft charges. She was originally charged with 4 felonies including theft and fraudulent writings.

According to the criminal complaint, Popenhagen worked as a head cashier at a grocery store back in 2004. Her duties included replenishing a store-owned ATM using funds from the store safe. The complaint said she periodically kept some of those funds over the course of a year. Investigators documented more than $28,500

After being found guilty, she will have a sentencing at a later date. Judge Patrick Madden of Iron County is was assigned as the judge in this case.