Saturday, March 1, 2014

Green Bay woman charged with writing bad checks to local churches

A Green Bay woman who was previously convicted of embezzlement is now accused of writing worthless checks to a half-dozen Catholic churches.

39-year-old Vicki Patterson is charged with four counts of writing bad checks. Two felony counts were filed earlier this month, and she's scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on those Friday in Brown County Circuit Court.

Online court records also list two misdemeanor bad check charges -- and the status of that case will be reviewed Friday.

Patterson is accused of writing almost $5,700 in bad checks to Catholic parishes to buy scrip cards, used by churches to raise funds. Scrip cards allow buyers to make purchases at local businesses, with the parishes to get part of the proceeds.

One church reportedly tried canceling a scrip card once it learned about the bad check -- but Patterson had already reportedly used it.

She was freed from prison last fall, after a three-year term for embezzling $44,000 as an officer at the Green Bay Swim Club. She was also convicted in 2001 for stealing $3,000 while she was a part-time dance instructor for De Pere's recreation department.

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