WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A former public official has confessed to stealing from the city coffers in Wausau.
Former public housing manager Wendy Jasurda pled no contest Friday to a misdemeanor theft from business setting charge for racking up more than $1,500 in expenses on her city-issued credit card.
Jasurda will fully reimburse the city and pay $200 in fines and court costs.
The city fired Jasurda in August 2007 after it discovered that she had used the card for personal purchases at local stores and gas stations. She also used it to buy two plane tickets to a national conference in San Francisco that she never paid for.
The conviction “will have a long-term consequence, will be accessible to the public…obviously affecting Ms. Jasurda for the rest of her life,” said assistant district attorney Theresa Wetzsteon.
Jasurda maintains that she inadvertently used the card for unauthorized charges a couple of times, said defense attorney Rand Krueger. He added that Jasurda has tried to reimburse the city several times since the criminal charge was filed, but the payments have not been credited.
About half of the charges, or $750, were for the two plane tickets. Krueger said he worked with Northwest Airlines to reimburse the city for the tickets that were never used but the airline was unable to do so because the tickets had expired.
“For Wendy, it’s simply time to put this behind her,” he said.