A 34-year-old Pewaukee woman was charged last week with more than a dozen counts of forgery. She is accused of falsifying and cashing checks belonging to a Wauwatosa business.
Erin N. Kopan was charged Aug. 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with 17 counts of forgery, for which she could face up to 102 years in prison and $170,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
Village of Pewaukee police learned on March 7 from the Wauwatosa Police Department that Kopan was being investigated for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars.
The Wauwatosa investigators said that Kopan worked as an office manager at an Eye Care Vision Center in the city. They alleged that she had been changing the "pay to the order of" portion of business checks from "E.C.V.C." to "ErinC" and cashing them at PNC Bank in Pewaukee.
She would explain the changes to bank officials by saying that she was an Avon saleswoman and clients often misspelled her name.
The fraudulent checks were cashed between June, 2010, and August, 2010, and were worth anywhere from $45 to $417.
Also according to the complaint, Kopan told police that at first she stole co-pays that were made in cash but eventually she began altering checks. She estimated that she stole anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 from the business, 6412 W. North Ave.
Kopan said she was addicted to Percocet, an addictive medication that contains the narcotic oxycodone.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office declined prosecution because the checks Kopan used to embezzle money were cashed in Waukesha County, the complaint stated.
Kopan is expected to make an initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Sept. 9.
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