Laura A. Powers, 51, of 4438 Parkwood Drive, Janesville, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of more than $10,000 in a business setting and four counts of identity theft.

Six other counts of identity theft were dismissed but read into the record for purposes of restitution.

The maximum prison term on the first count is 10 years. Powers faces up to six years on each of the other counts.

Powers’ attorney, Jack Hoag, indicated the district attorney’s office had offered a plea agreement, but Powers opted instead for a court-ordered pre-sentencing report.

A pre-sentencing report will tell the judge about Powers’ background and include input from the victims and a recommendation from the state Department of Corrections, Hoag said.

Powers was accused of using her position as a loan officer at Parker Community Credit Union in Janesville to take out between $700,000 and $800,000 in loans, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint issued last August said Powers used the money to buy boats, ATVs, jewelry, property and other items.

Powers was fired from her job in April 2011. She is free on a $5,500 signature bond.

Sentencing was set for May 2, but Hoag said it would likely be rescheduled for later.

Judge Kenneth Forbeck is assigned to the case. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

  • Keep it clean. Comments that are obscene, vulgar or sexually oriented will be removed. Creative spelling of such terms or implied use of such language is banned, also.
  • Don't threaten to hurt or kill anyone.
  • Be nice. No racism, sexism or any other sort of -ism that degrades another person.
  • Harassing comments. If you are the subject of a harassing comment or personal attack by another user, do not respond in-kind. Use the "Report comment abuse" link below to report offensive comments.
  • Share what you know. Give us your eyewitness accounts, background, observations and history.
  • Do not libel anyone. Libel is writing something false about someone that damages that person's reputation.
  • Ask questions. What more do you want to know about the story?
  • Stay focused. Keep on the story's topic.
  • Help us get it right. If you spot a factual error or misspelling, email or call 1-800-362-6712.
  • Remember, this is our site. We set the rules, and we reserve the right to remove any comments that we deem inappropriate.

Report comment abuse