“Paralegal charged in embezzlement”

Oh, this news is just sad. Particularly because the alleged thief used some stolen funds for her boyfriend!

"A paralegal at a Manitowoc law firm allegedly embezzled more than $200,000 to pay for vehicles, home repairs, medical bills, furniture and TVs, according to authorities.

"Debra D. Hardtke, 35, Kewaunee, will appear in Manitowoc County Circuit Court on Jan. 8. Hardtke is charged with theft in a business setting and two counts of forgery and faces up to 22 years prison and $45,000 in fines if convicted."