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Former library employee arraigned

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Ted Sullivan
September 12, 2008
— A fired Lake Geneva Public Library employee pleaded not guilty Thursday to accusations she stole $18,500 from the library and charged about $70,000 on its credit card for personal purchases.

Mercedes Mogensen, 44, Elkhorn, was arraigned in Walworth County Court on two felony charges of theft and two felony charges of misconduct in public office.


According to the criminal complaint, Mogensen and her husband filed for bankruptcy two years ago after he lost his job.


It was around that time Mogensen told police she stole $20 to $100 at a time between April 2006 and March 2008, according to the criminal complaint.


An accountant auditing the library’s books reported to police in May that he discovered thousands of dollars missing, according to the criminal complaint.


Mogensen was fired June 14.


The theft case has sparked changes in the way the city of Lake Geneva monitors its employees in charge of money and credit cards.


Mogensen is free on a signature bond and is due in court next on Wednesday, Oct. 15.



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