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Ex-official gets jail for stealing from taxpayers in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A former Wascott town official will spend six months in jail for stealing from the taxpayers. Valda Bremanis, 66, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., pleaded guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in public office in September in Douglas Cou...

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A former Wascott town official will spend six months in jail for stealing from the taxpayers.

Valda Bremanis, 66, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., pleaded guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in public office in September in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Judge George Glonek handed down the sentence Friday.

The charges stem from the theft of more than $72,000 from Wascott when Bremanis served as the town's first combined clerk/treasurer.

Janice Newsome, a Wascott resident, discovered discrepancies more than five years ago when she started requesting public records and tracking fund balances. Newsome said Bremanis conducted more than 100 unlawful acts between 2001 and 2008.

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Under the terms outlined by the judge, Bremanis can serve the sentence in Florida at no expense to Douglas County, if it can be arranged. But Glonek denied a request for work release so Bremanis could continue volunteer work she does there.

Bremanis has 30 days to arrange to serve her sentence in Florida and get verification to the county jail or she must report to the Douglas County Jail on Dec. 14.

Bremanis also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and submit a DNA sample.

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