City employee charged with theft

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Marcia Nelesen
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

JANESVILLE--An employee in the city of Janesville clerk treasurer's office has been arrested on two counts of theft.

Christine A. Carlson, 37, of 2235 W. Red Cedar Drive, town of Janesville, was arrested Friday after employees in the office noticed money missing.

Carlson later admitted taking $49 during two separate incidents, according to police reports.

Carlson is no longer working for the city as a result of the incident, Acting City Manager Jay Winzenz said.

Carlson worked for the city less than six months, Winzenz said. She was first hired in the assessor's office and moved to a position in the clerk-treasurer's office.

In June, city personnel noticed cash missing, Winzenz said. Detectives installed surveillance cameras and photocopied money in an attempt to catch the thief, he said.

Friday morning, $24 was discovered missing, and the camera showed only Carlson entering the vault during that time, Winzenz said. Carlson was found to be in possession of the money and confessed to stealing $25 that had  disappeared Monday, Winzenz said.

“From our perspective, the positive out of this is that we had appropriate internal controls in place to identify this very quickly," he said.

While Carlson admitted to stealing the $49, police reports indicate the city is missing an additional estimated $265.

Winzenz said the city will strengthen its internal controls but will not leave the cameras in the clerk's office. Winzenz said the clerk-treasurer's office has not had a similar issue in the 25 years he has worked at the city, and potentially even longer.

 “We trust our employees,” he said.

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