Criminal Justice

Court Clerk Charged with Stealing From Law Firm Says She Used Money for Restitution in Prior Case


A court clerk in Wisconsin charged with stealing from a former law firm employer says she used some of the money to pay her $120,000 restitution in a prior 1994 federal theft conviction concerning a Wausau bank, according to a criminal complaint.

Susan Adams, 58, is charged with forgery and theft in the current Marathon County Circuit Court case. She is accused of stealing $3,870 from Hess, Dexter, Reinertson & Brunner by writing checks to herself and cashing them, as well as overpaying the law firm’s credit card bills and keeping the extra money, the Wausau Daily Herald reports.

She presently works as a clerk in the Marathon County Clerk of Courts office. An employee resources director tells the newspaper he expects to meet with Adams to discuss her job status after she is released from jail.

A judge Wednesday granted Adams a $25,000 signature bond and ordered that she not work in a job that involves handling money.

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