Accused of stealing from church: Oak Creek woman pleads not guilty to felony charge

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — An Oak Creek woman accused of embezzling from the church where she worked pleaded not guilty and was bound over for trial on Thursday, October 13th. The accused is 44-year-old Kelly Fischer.

Kelly Fischer

Kelly Fischer

Investigators say Fischer used thousands of dollars to buy things like mattresses, and even Garth Brooks concert tickets.

Grace Lutheran Church Congregation President Tony Mirenda told FOX6 News that Fischer worked as acting director for the Oak Creek church’s early childhood center, or ECC. Investigators believe she was dipping into the church funds, embezzling nearly $100,000 in four years.

According to the criminal complaint, Fischer was stealing cash childcare payments. She also had access to the ECC debit card.

Mirenda says the church has changed procedures to buckle down on access to funds.

Fischer is due back in court on October 26th.

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church