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Crime & Courts

Attorney: City won’t act yet on woman accused of embezzlement

Dean Frieders talks to the city council Sept. 10 at the Municipal Building in DeKalb.
Dean Frieders talks to the city council Sept. 10 at the Municipal Building in DeKalb.

DeKALB – The city’s attorney says as long as the owner of CJ’s Gaming is only accused of using the business’ revenue to repay money she stole, the city’s hands are tied.

“She’s just charged, so no action would likely be taken unless she’s convicted,” Attorney Dean Frieders said Friday morning.

Cynthia R. Jensen, 55, of the 29800 block of Thornton Drive, has been charged by authorities in Walworth County, Wisconsin, with seven counts of identity theft and two counts of theft, according to a criminal complaint filed in late September in Walworth County court.

She maintains her innocence.

“I’ve never stolen anything, and anyone who knows me knows that,” Jensen said Thursday.

Frieders said if a business owner were to be charged with a crime committed in DeKalb, that might be a different matter. Jensen, however, according to the owners of Southern Lakes Publishing LLC, where she was the general manager until she abandoned her post in March, tried to pay back nearly $100,000 she’s accused of stealing – with revenue from CJ’s Gambling.

Peter and John Cruger say she actually still owes them more than $250,000, between the more than $240,000 owed to Southern Lakes and the more than $30,000 she owes to Rock Valley Publishing. John Cruger said in the criminal complaint that Jensen sent a check for nearly $100,000, asking that he and his brother sign a document showing Jensen had taken the money as a loan.

According to the complaint, Jensen forged seven checks to herself or her husband from Nov. 21, 2017, to Jan. 26, 2018; she also arranged online payments from the newspaper companies to a personal bank account.

She’s due in Walworth County Court in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, on Oct. 17.

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