Mount Calvary Woman Sentenced for Stealing Poppy Sale Money
A woman from Mount Calvary was sentenced to 30 days in jail
and two years of probation after stealing money from American Legion poppy
sales. 65-year-old Donna Wilhelms pleaded no contest this week in Fond du Lac
County Court to three counts of felony theft from a business setting. In
addition to her jail and probation sentence, she must pay back $10,660 in
restitution money during the duration of her probation.
Members of the American Legion Auxilary Post 75 contacted
police in Summer 2017 to report missing money from a poppy flower sale they hold
as a yearly fundraiser. Wilhelms was the Fond du Lac County Legion Treasurer at
the time. Investigators found that most of the money deposited into a bank
account was being withdrawn from the account shortly after, draining the
account. Wilhelms later confessed to depositing checks written out to the
American Legion, depositing them and withdrawing cash for personal use. She
reportedly told detectives she was having financial difficulties. Wilhelms is
also required to write an apology letter and do 30 hours of community service.