Payroll exec allegedly embezzled $476,000 from home care facility in Glendale

Last updated on January 14th, 2020 at 01:19 pm

A 38-year-old Milwaukee woman allegedly used her position at a Glendale home care facility to embezzle more than $476,000 from her former employer.

According to a Waukesha County criminal complaint, Stephanie Roeglin used her role as executive director of payroll at Miller Home Care LLC in Glendale to create a fictitious employee and divert funds to her own bank account.

The complaint says she used an unidentified victim’s first name and his father’s social security number and last name to create the fake employee. The victim found out about the scheme when he filed his 2016 Wisconsin taxes and was notified someone had already filed a return, according to the complaint.

Roeglin lived in Waukesha County when she allegedly filed income tax returns for the fake employee, which led to seven felony fraud charges being filed there. She was also charged with three felony counts in a Milwaukee County case, according to court records. She is scheduled to make initial appearances in Milwaukee County on Feb. 13 and in Waukesha County on Feb. 17.

Roeglin allegedly used the fake employee to embezzle $260,698 from Miller Home Care between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2017. She also used her payroll responsibilities to overpay herself by $215,842, the complaint says.

The complaint says Roeglin’s boss at Miller Home Care confronted her about the embezzlement in early 2017 and she admitted to using the fake employee information.

She allegedly admitted to all of the embezzlement during an Oct. 2017 interview with state Department of Revenue officials and said she needed money for treatment of ovarian cancer.

Department officials reviewed Roeglin’s medical records, which showed she had previously been diagnosed with a benign ovarian cyst. In a March 2018 interview with the department, Roeglin acknowledged she did not have cancer, the complaint says.

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Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers manufacturing for BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.