A 53-year-old Mukwonago woman who pleaded no contest in October to stealing more than $225,000 from Brookfield's Management Research Services was sentenced to two years in prison Dec. 9.
Victoria Boivin, who was employed for four years as a human resources administrator by the privately owned company, apologized in a statement to the court.
"I am very sorry, and I want to tell you, Your Honor, that I truly, truly want to make right for what I did," she said, tearfully.
Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren said he was concerned that Boivin's sincerity "may not go deep enough."
"This is not shoplifting a candy bar from the store," he said. "This is substantial theft."
Defense attorney Jerome Buting said Boivin's gambling addiction drove her to theft.
"Like any addiction, it gets difficult to control, and that is what happened here," he said.
Boivin will serve five years of extended supervision after her release from prison, during which time she will have to undergo counseling for gambling addiction and pay back the stolen assets.
A restitution hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 29 to determine how much is owed by Boivin, who already has paid the company about $83,000. The defense believes that Boivin owes an additional $45,000, but prosecutors estimate that the total is closer to $90,000.
According to the criminal complaint, city of Brookfield police were first alerted to the thefts in June, 2012. A financial accountant for MRS told police that Boivin had spent more than $5,000 on personal expenses using two company-issued credit cards. Furthermore, she had written to herself 329 fraudulent checks totaling $225,721 between May, 2009, and May, 2012, the complaint states.
Brookfield police subpoenaed Potawatomi Bingo Casino records and estimated that Boivin had gambled away more than $100,000 since 2008, according to the complaint.
She pleaded no contest to three counts of felony business theft Oct. 7.
MRS founder and President Carol Dineen attended Boivin's sentencing hearing with her family.
"I worked really long and really hard to make my company work," she said. "I know that life is not often fair, but the court has the opportunity to make things right in this case."
Scott Becker, finance administrator at MRS, said that Boivin was outspoken in her conservative beliefs, and often complained about people who did not take responsibility for themselves.
"I am confident she would still be stealing from the company today if she was not caught," he said.
No one spoke on Boivin's behalf at the hearing, but Bohren noted that he had received several letters from family and friends written on her behalf.
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