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Jail term for medical-group theft

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MIDDLETON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A Middleton woman has been sentenced to two years in a federal prison, for stealing over $1.5-million dollars from a medical group in Janesville. Prosecutors said 55-year-old Brenda Werfal took the money while working as the office manager for Specialty Billing Services. Officials did not say how she was caught.

Werfal handled insurance payments to the Southern Wisconsin Emergency Associates, a group of doctors and physician assistants. Records showed that she took almost $14,000 to cover her own medical and tax bills. There was no indication of where the rest of the stolen money went. Werfal was ordered to re-pay $1.1-million in restitution. It's not known whether she has already repaid the other $400,000 that was taken.

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