$21,000 church theft lands woman in jail

| February 15, 2012

A judge Monday sentenced a Mauston area woman to spend 30 days in the Juneau County Jail for felony theft from area churches and businesses.

"There are some things you just don't do, and one of them is stealing from a church," District Attorney Scott Southworth told the court before sentencing for Christine Gillan-Popp.

Gillan-Popp, 50, was charged last April with six crimes, including four felonies that centered on forging checks on the bank accounts of two Roman Catholic churches. She pleaded no contest Monday to a single felony theft charge in a deal with prosecution that called for the five dismissed charges to be read into the court record for sentencing purposes.

The plea deal between Southworth and attorney Dan Berkos stipulated that Gillan-Popp not be sentenced to prison, that she spend three years on probation and pay restitution. But the deal left the attorneys free to argue for jail time. Southworth asked the court to sentence Gillan-Popp to six months in jail.

"Quite frankly, I could see an argument being made for prison," Southworth said.



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