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Oak Creek Woman Allegedly Stole Thousands From Senior Residence

55-year-old charged with 21 counts of identity theft.

A 55-year-old Oak Creek woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole thousands of dollars while managing a senior living center in Pewaukee.

Deborah J. Nowakowski was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of theft of more than $10,000 from a business and 21 counts of identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, she faces up to 136 years in prison and $235,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

In 2009, an administrator at Cecelia Place, a Pewaukee assisted-living facility where Nowakowski worked as the manager, noticed thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases.

Some of the purchases included baby clothes, alcohol and gift cards. Nowakowski said the baby clothes were used for dolls at the facility and the gift cards and alcohol were used as prizes for games.

Police executed a search warrant in April 2010 on Nowakowski's home. They found gift cards, receipts for gift cards, vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaners, animal traps, a pizza oven, refrigerator, slow cooker, Nintendo Wii games and hundreds of food items stocked in the basement.

Nowakowski lived in the home with two other employees, who police suspect may have aided in the thefts.

According to court documents, Nowakowski purchased $61,650 worth of items at Milwaukee County stores and $20,242 from Waukesha County stores.

The two roommates purchased $31,038 in good from Milwaukee County stores and $11,774 from Waukesha County stores.

Nowakowski will make her initial appearance in court March 5.  

crystal February 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Her and her mother was doing that at summit...when she was running the group home at summit..
VoiceofTruth318 February 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Unfortunately, it is more common than not. The Mentor Network/NeuroRestorative IS ALLOWING the Administrator/Program Manager to do the same thing here at their Waterford facility. I guess they don't really care as the majority of their money comes from our taxes. Sadly enough, The Mentor Network/NeuroRestorative has even allowed the Administrator/Program Manager TO STEAL FROM CLIENTS. The State of Wisconsin investigated and determined the Program Manager stole and falsified the client's legal documentation as to where the item was and who had possession of it. This Program Manager was also exploiting a client and had the client refinish all of her personal wood furniture. Not only did she not pay him for his work... she had the client pay for the materials to refinish her furniture! There are Veterans in this facility ~~ and Veterans have been stolen from and exploited. The Mentor Network/NeuroRestorative refuses to address the illegal behavior of their Administrator/Program Manager, yet they received a very lucrative gov't contract from the Veterans Administration called: "Veterans Health Administration Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury."
VoiceofTruth318 February 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It's pathetic. They want their hands on even more of our tax money to take care of Veterans while they are allowing the Vets already in their care to be stolen from and exploited. I applaud the owners of Cecelia Place for standing up, doing the right thing and protecting the residents from this corrupt Administrator/Program Manager. Many places don't do that. The Program Manager in Waterford didn't report suspected sexual abuse of the clients and, instead, retaliated against Staff that reported it. The suspected perpetrator was her neighbor and her Best Friend's (a Supervisor) uncle. Immediately after he started, Staff was reporting suspicions of him molesting clients. In response to allegations that this man was sexually molesting some of the clients, the Program Manager began allowing him to take our least functioning client to his home and called them "One-on-One" outings. The State and the Department of Justice conducted investigations. Despite the findings, The Mentor Network/ NeuroRestorative allows the Administrator to continue working there and are protecting her. So, yes, Deborah Nowakowski is slime -- but at least Cecelia Place owners have enough Morals and Integrity to put a stop to it. That's more than can be said about The Mentor Network/NeuroRestorative. Google "NeuroRestorative State Complaint" you will find 2 videos of the State Findings (youtube) and yet, the corporation doesn't care about the findings or clients.

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