Ex-Wheaton Franciscan worker charged with stealing $1 million

CREATED Dec 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 2, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A former employee of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has been charged with stealing more than $1 million in an elaborate scheme.

Police say Janice Nieman worked in the payroll department at the company. They say she padded hundreds of employee's paychecks and pocketed the extra cash.
 
The criminal complaint states she spent most of it at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. 
 
Attorney Steve Kohn is defending the 49-year-old woman. He said Nieman is a gambling addict.
 
"She feels terrible, she has cooperated with authorities." He said.
 
Records show the woman lost nearly a half-million dollars playing slot machines at the casino.
 
Potawatomi issued a statement saying they were cooperating with Police. 
 
They added they have programs in place to provide assistance for gambling addicts and say they had no way of knowing the money Nieman spent was stolen.
 
She is scheduled to return to court December 20th, 2013.