Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wisconsin Woman Shot By Police In Domestic Dispute Suspected Of Embezzling More Than $100K

From the Leader-Telegram on 11/24/2014:

The woman shot to death by a Boyceville police officer on a domestic disturbance call earlier this month was under investigation for allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 from her employer.

Shonda E. Mikelson, 33, 469 Main St., died after police say she displayed a rifle and a replica handgun to an officer.

“Sadly, we’ll never know what she was thinking or what transpired,” Menomonie police Chief Eric Atkinson said of the shooting.

At the time of her death, Menomonie police were investigating allegations that Mikelson racked up bills on company credit cards at her former employer, DKS Construction, 2520 Wilson St., in Menomonie, where she was an office manager. She also was accused of cashing a check made out to company owner Dale Schmitz and paid herself overtime she did not work, according to police records.
“We were at the point of the investigation we felt ready to go to the district attorney’s office and seek charges,” Atkinson said.
Atkinson said there was another person of interest in the investigation, but there was insufficient evidence to charge that person.
The investigation records were made public after Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf determined there was insufficient evidence to sustain charges after Mikelson’s death.
Police records indicated the charges Schmitz reported as fraudulent included multiple purchases from online retailer Amazon, restaurants, and other personal purchases totaling $117,063. One charge was for a pickup truck bed cover and bed rails for the type of pickup owned by her boyfriend, Timothy Fern, according to police reports.


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