A 41-year-old Chippewa Falls woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for her part in a kickback scheme. A news release from the U-S Attorney’s Office says Joleen Minnich pleaded guilty in April to charges of wire fraud and filing a false income tax return. Federal prosecutors told the court Minnich used her position as office manager for the Chippewa County Veterinary Hospital in Bloomer to steal more than 224-thousand dollars. She also admitted she didn’t remit the hospital’s payroll taxes to the I-R-S because she used that money to hide her embezzlement.

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