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Elcho town clerk charged with theft, forgery

Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ANTIGO, WI (WTAQ) - A town clerk and treasurer in northeast Wisconsin is facing 43 felony charges in a theft and forgery case.

43-year-old Melissa Bloechl of the town of Elcho is free on a signature bond, and the status of her case will be reviewed on September 11th in Langlade County Circuit Court.

According to reports, another town officer notified sheriff’s deputies – and a local financial institution raised questions after money was allegedly withdrawn from town accounts over several years.

One check was said to be over $52,000, and another was around $40,000.

Bloechl is charged with one count of theft, two counts of forgery, and 40 counts of misconduct in office. 

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