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Ex-Shorewood school secretary gets prison time for embezzlment

WEST BEND, WI (WTAQ) - A former school secretary in suburban Milwaukee will spend at least 10 months in a federal prison for embezzling over $300,000.

55-year-old Donna Sternke of Slinger was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day behind bars. The extra day makes Sternke eligible for an early release two months before her sentence ends, upon good behavior.

She was a long time secretary in the Shorewood school system. Prosecutors said she took the money from special education funds over a 12-year period.

Prosecutors said Sternke wrote false purchase orders, and used the money for shopping and to pay down her credit cards.

Officials said they caught her in 2011, after she used school funds to buy unexplained waterpark gift cards.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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