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Wisconsin scrapyard worker accused of stealing $1M

Keywords: Tags  scrap, United Milwaukee Scrap, Jacqueline Fox, theft, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The former human resources manager at United Milwaukee Scrap LLC has been accused of embezzling $1 million since 2006 to allegedly support a bingo habit.

Jacqueline Fox, 44, has been charged with six counts of theft by fraud with a value exceeding $10,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in Wisconsin Circuit Court.

Fox was in charge of providing payroll data for the Milwaukee-based recycler’s 150 workers to the chief financial officer, who would sign off on the reports, according to court documents. Fox then forwarded the data to a paycheck company, but allegedly included the names of six former employees and had the payments deposited into her own account.

An employee erroneously picked up a direct deposit receipt for $4,370 for a former worker and returned it to a company executive, when it was discovered that more than $595,000 in checks had been issued in the ex-worker’s name. Fox allegedly stole a total of about $1 million.

Bank records indicate that large amounts of cash were frequently withdrawn at ATMs in bingo halls, according to court documents.

A United Milwaukee spokesman said the company had no comment.

Fox could not be reached for comment.

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