Public Employee Suspected of Theft

Posted at: 09/20/2013 8:43 AM | Updated at: 09/20/2013 5:48 PM

The Carlton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a public employee suspected of theft.

62-year-old Joanne Marie Wappes, from Cloquet, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon. Officials said she was charged Friday with felony theft by swindle and theft of public funds.

This all began when a complaint was received at the Carlton County Transfer Station, where the suspect has been employed since 1984.

The Carlton County Attorney's Office said Wappes will have a hearing next week.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Internal Revenue Service and the Cloquet Police Department.

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