An Onalaska woman has been sentenced to three years on probation for stealing nearly $15,000 from Altra Federal Credit Union.

According to court documents, Linda Germann used a variety of methods to embezzle funds for about six months beginning in October 2013 until she was fired.

Germann, 57, pleaded guilty in August to one count of felony bank theft. In a letter to the court she said the stress of caring for her husband’s parents led her to get in trouble with gambling.

“The casino was our getaway, a place to go to forget all the other stuff going on,” she wrote.

Germann said since losing her bank job she has tried to live “in a way that demonstrates good character, devoted service and acceptance of my own responsibility for my choices.”

As conditions of her sentence, Germann is required to abstain from gambling and barred from jobs with unsupervised financial duties without approval of her probation officer. Germann, who repaid the $14,813.19 prior to being charged, was not fined.

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