Ex-clerk/treasurer for Wascott enters plea in misconduct caseWascott’s former clerk-treasurer has been convicted of misconduct in public office.
Wascott’s former clerk-treasurer has been convicted of misconduct in public office.
Valda Bremanis, 66, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., pleaded no contest Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court
to one count felony misconduct in public office. Additional felony charges of theft and misconduct in public office charges were dismissed but read in for sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 15. Judge George Glonek also ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.
Bremanis served as clerk/treasurer in Wascott from 1999 until she resigned in 2009.
A 2010 audit of the town’s finances for 2007 and 2008 revealed $72,426 was missing. Anderson, Hagen & Moe, certified public accountants of Hayward, Wis., found misappropriation of funds dated back to 2001.
Bremanis is accused of falsifying records to cover up the misappropriation of town funds to her personal accounts and falsifying board action that resulted in her husband, the former town assessor, receiving a $20,000 bonus.
Bremanis has maintained her husband, Andre Bremanis, was unaware of her actions.
The discrepancies were discovered when Wascott resident Janice Newsome started making inquiries into the town’s finances. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation launched an investigation in 2008.