Woman accused of embezzling $470K from blood center

CREATED Jun 1, 2011

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A Neenah woman is accused of embezzling at least $470,000 from a nonprofit center that supplies donated blood to hospitals.

Prosecutors filed eight charges Tuesday against 49-year-old Tina M. Jacobsen, including five felony counts of theft.

Jacobsen was an account specialist at Community Blood Center in Grand Chute. The criminal complaint says she used fraudulent expense reimbursements and also drafted checks to herself that were intended for vendors.

Police began investigating after staffers contacted them.

Court records show Jacobsen's home is in foreclosure, and an Oneida Casino official told police she had spent more than $300,000 between 2008 and 2010.

Online court records did not list a defense attorney Wednesday.

The Post-Crescent in Appleton (http://bit.ly/m4P3vJ ) says Jacobsen faces a maximum prison sentence of more than 53 years.

Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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