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14 days in HOC for former employee convicted of stealing nearly $100K from Oak Creek church

MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A former employee, convicted of stealing nearly $100,000 from an Oak Creek church learned her fate on Monday, February 20th.

A judge sentenced 45-year-old Kelly Fischer to 14 days in the House of Correction with Huber privileges and three years probation.

Fischer on January 18th pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft-business setting, greater than $10,000.

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 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 said the church changed procedures to buckle down on access to funds.