Wisconsin woman charged with $680K theft from orthodontist

MOUNT PLEASANT — A 74-year-old Racine woman is facing five felony charges that she allegedly stole from and defrauded a Mount Pleasant orthodontics firm for which she was handling bookkeeping.

 

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MOUNT PLEASANT — A 74-year-old Racine woman is facing five felony charges that she allegedly stole from and defrauded a Mount Pleasant orthodontics firm for which she was handling bookkeeping.

Joyce F. Sakach of the 2800 block of Oregon Street was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with theft from a business setting, two counts of felony personal identity theft, unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information and fraud against a financial institution. She was free on $500 cash bond Tuesday awaiting a preliminary hearing on April 8, court records indicate.

According to a criminal complaint from the county District Attorney’s Office, Sakach was employed with a Mount Pleasant accounting firm and was assigned day-to-day accounting for Chu Crew Orthodontics, 1130 S. Sunnyslope Drive. In that capacity, she had authority to print checks to pay bills, the complaint states.

 A 2013 audit of records showed that between 2007 and 2013, Sakach allegedly wrote 340 fraudulent checks on the orthodontics firm’s account totaling $680,197.99, the complaint states. Sakach also allegedly opened a bank account for a company that did not exist, wrote checks from the orthodontics firm and deposited them in the bank account for the faux firm.

The complaint states that Sakach used checks from the phony company to make purchases or pay bills with Kohl’s, Time Warner Cable and credit card companies. In addition, ATM withdrawals were made at casinos in Milwaukee and Las Vegas, the complaint states.