Illinois woman arrested for theft from Janesville company
JANESVILLE An Illinois woman has been arrested on charges that she stole at least $600,000 from a Janesville trucking company, the Janesville Police Department reported.
Janesville police reported that Heidi J. Wieser, 40, of Roscoe, Ill., was charged with felony theft and misappropriation after turning herself in to Janesville police Friday morning. The arrest came after a person reported an “embezzlement” to Janesville police detectives in May, sparking an investigation, a police incident report indicated. The report named Rock Valley Trucking, 2101 Kennedy Rd., Janesville, as the victim.
Police investigative reports have not been released, but Janesville Police Sgt. Chad Pearson said Wieser worked at Rock Valley Trucking and had access to accounts and payrolls.
He said the investigation showed Wieser “adjusted her personal salary” with large amounts of money that she stole from Rock Valley Trucking.
Pearson said investigative reports show that since 2008, Wieser had altered her own pay at Rock Valley Trucking, siphoning as much as $600,000 from the company. Wieser used a company credit card for additional unauthorized charges totaling as much as $300,000, Pearson said.
All told, investigators believe Wieser might have taken nearly $1 million from the company, Pearson said, although a total wasn’t available Saturday.
Pearson said that Wieser turned herself in Friday morning following an investigation spanning several weeks. Janesville police forwarded charges to the Rock County District’s Attorney’s office late Friday, and Wieser was released with an initial court hearing July 18, Pearson said.
It’s not clear if Wieser is still an employee at the trucking company.
Specific details about the theft, including an exact time frame and a possible motive, were not available.
Frank Scott, who was listed in police reports as a corporate treasurer affiliated with Rock Valley Trucking, acknowledged Saturday that the “Janesville Police are investigating” a situation at the trucking company.
Scott said he had not yet seen police investigation reports, and declined further comment.