Former Vernon County employee arrested for allegedly embezzling county funds

VIROQUA, Wis. – Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson is reporting the arrest of Kayla J. Fortney, 30, of Gays Mills, Wis. on Thursday, July 27 on embezzlement charges after a six week investigation led by the Viroqua Police Department.

According Sheriff Torgerson, Fortney is a former Vernon County employee that at one time worked as an administrative assistant in the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. It is not clear where or how the funds were taken. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as the investigation proceeds.

It does appear as though the amount of money taken was substantial as Fortney was booked into the Vernon County Jail on a charge of “theft greater than $10,000.00”. Fortney appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court on Friday and was released on a $5,000 signature bond. The Sheriff’s Office says formal charges will be sought through the Vernon County District Attorney.

Fortney is due back in court on September 6 at 8:30 a.m.

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