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Charges: Checking account reveals $19K stolen

A Hudson woman is accused of stealing more than $19,000 from a family member over the course of nine months, according to a charge filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 28.

Melissa C. Sukowatey, 29, is charged with felony theft—movable property greater than $10,000, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the complaint:

A family member contacted police after noticing suspicious transactions on her checking account records. She admitted to police she had been travelling often over the course of nine months and hadn't been paying attention to her main checking account.

She tallied 36 transactions, transferred to Sukowatey's account at RCU Credit Union, that totalled $19,352.91 from Sept. 28, 2016 to May 18, 2017.

The family member told police Sukowatey used to work for a bank in Woodbury/Lake Elmo, so would be familiar with the banking industry.

Police made contact with Sukowatey through her probation agent. Bank documents indicate she opened a checking and savings account with RCU in December 2016. A total of 25 deposits went into that account from the victim's account.

Sukowatey's initial appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 28.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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