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Couple admits to stealing from Pecatonica Fire Department


A Pecatonica couple admits to taking thousands of dollars from the city's fire department.

Brenda and Donald Samuelson pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges in Winnebago County Court.  The husband and wife were charged in December of 2011.  Brenda was a bookkeeper for the Pecatonica Fire Department and her husband Donald, a firefighter.  Investigators say Brenda wrote fake checks to her husband, and paid him bonuses he didn't deserve.  The couple is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

The Fire Department has filed a civil lawsuit against the Samuelsons.  That's scheduled to be back in court next week.

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