Woman charged with stealing money from Chippewa Falls youth basketball organization

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — A Chippewa Falls woman is accused of stealing money from a youth basketball organization.

Lisa Johnson, 54, is accused of stealing $83,846.93 from Cardinal Flight Girls Basketball while she was the nonprofit group’s treasurer from September 2014 to August 2021.

According to the criminal complaint, the organization’s new treasurer found several discrepancies in the books provided by Johnson upon handing over the role of treasurer. The group created a spreadsheet of the alleged fraudulent activity and turned it over to law enforcement. After obtaining more information, such as physical copies of checks deposited in the organization’s bank, investigators determined that Johnson appeared to have withdrawn or spent nearly $84,000 in cash from the organization’s account and deposited $73,919.61. Some of the checks were made payable to Johnson, while debit card purchases and other charges to the account ranged from retail and restaurants to airline tickets and cell phone bills.

When investigators questioned Johnson, she said she tried to pay back the money she had taken from the account, but admitted she was not good with money and did not had no intention of stealing from the organization.

According to online court records, a memo was included in the court documents asking for restitution in the amount of $13,200. Johnson will appear in Chippewa County Circuit Court on April 12 and faces a charge of commercial theft between $10,000 and $100,000.

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