Eau Claire woman charged with five counts of identity theft

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January 15, 2018

Are you tired of reading, and hearing about these massive identity theft breaches? So am I and I think we become complacent. But every day you can find the small time criminal doing their bit to disrupt your life. Remember, whether your victimized from one of these massive breaches, or your victimized from a small time thief, it comes down to one fact – your information is compromised. The thief had a warped rationale to commit fraud. Here's another example I found coming from The Herald:

An Eau Claire woman has been charged with five felony counts of identity theft after writing $3,000 in fraudulent checks and using her employer’s business credit card to purchase over $6,000 in goods at Menards, Wal-Mart, Office Depot and online retailer Wayfair.

According to a criminal complaint, Dawn N. Schmidt, 37, of Eau Claire was charged Monday after Schmidt’s former employer, the owner of Tilden steel fabricator business Turner Industries, reported identity theft. Schmidt was the company’s former business administrator and had been fired the day before, the owner said. She had allegedly accessed the company’s financial accounts on Nov. 15 to write herself a $2,000 check.

Law enforcement obtained receipts from transactions at Menards, Walmart, Office Depot, and Wayfair with over $6,000 of fraudulent purchases Schmidt had charged to Turner Industries between August and November of 2017.

After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement discovered several of the fraudulent purchases, as well as methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, at Schmidt’s Eau Claire residence. More fraudulently purchased items were found at Schmidt’s boyfriend’s residence in the town of Sigel.

The $2,000 check was a “loan,” which she would pay back through her paycheck, Schmidt allegedly told law enforcement, and many of the items purchased from Menards were for “art projects” in her home.

Schmidt reasoned she was tired of (Turner Industries owner) spending all the money Turner Industries was making on himself and she did not believe it was fair,” the criminal complaint said.

Schmidt will appear in Chippewa County Court on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

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