A Kewaunee woman is facing charges in two counties after she allegedly stole from her employer and filed fraudulent tax returns.
Karen Schwind, 51, is a former bookkeeper for a Kiel area business. She is charged in Kewaunee County Circuit Court with two counts of fraud/rendering income tax return or obtain refund with fraudulent intent.
According to the criminal complaint, Schwind altered QuickBooks records on numerous occasions from May 2018 through June 2019 to make it appear as though a legitimate vendor had been paid when, in fact, the check was made payable to Schwind.
Also, according to the complaint, Schwind failed to report the income she embezzled from her employer during 2018 and 2019 on her income tax returns. Schwind embezzled over $62,000 during 2018 and 2019 and evaded $3,297 in taxes.
Meanwhile, Schwind was charged in Manitowoc County on Feb. 3 with two counts of theft in a business setting and 69 counts of fraudulent writings by a corporate officer. A settlement conference is scheduled in that case for June 19.
Online court records indicate Schwind was convicted in 2016 of three counts of theft in a business setting in Fond du Lac County and was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and 18 months of probation. She paid more than $5,000 in restitution and court costs.
The new charges were filed April 28 by the Kewaunee County District Attorney’s Office after an investigation by the City of Kiel Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Office of Criminal Investigation. Her initial appearance in Kewaunee County Court is scheduled for June 18.