A 61-year-old Lannon woman faces up to 10 years in prison after allegedly stealing over $12,000 from the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove.

Rosanne Harmeyer was charged with theft in a business setting of over $10,000 in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday, Jan. 11.

According to a criminal complaint, Elm Grove police were contacted in September by School Sisters of Notre Dame officials, who reported that Harmeyer had altered or manipulated 29 payroll and voided checks between Sept. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016 and made them out to herself.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Chief Financial Officer Dana Russart showed police copies of the 29 checks, which were payable to Harmeyer and involved two separate PNC Bank accounts. In total, the 29 checks equaled an amount of $12,112.25.

On Tuesday, Elm Grove police made contact with Harmeyer.

According to the complaint, Harmeyer admitted that she had manipulated the checks and had cashed them in order to help pay her bills and buy groceries.

Harmeyer indicated she was "upset that all the sisters got a monthly stipend and could buy whatever they wanted,” the complaint said.

Harmeyer has been ordered not to have any contact with School Sisters of Notre Dame. Signature bond has been set at $2,500. She is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 19.

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