Charge against Fall Creek woman accused of stealing from charity dismissed

The charge was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that the case can be brought back to court.
Eau Claire County Courthouse
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Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 1:48 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A charge of misdemeanor theft against a Fall Creek woman accused of stealing from a charity she founded was dismissed in Eau Claire County Circuit Court Wednesday.

The charge was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that the case can be brought back to court.

52-year-old Shauna Hanson was originally charged with theft by false representation of an amount between $2,500 and $5,000, a felony, but the charge was amended to misdemeanor theft when the state could only show a $2,200 discrepancy in the charity’s funds.

According to online court records, prosecutors motioned to dismiss the charge on July 13. The motion to dismiss stated that “it is not in the state’s interest to continue prosecution. Based on additional follow-up received after the filing of the initial criminal complaint, the state, at most, can prove that money donated to the Weighted Blanket Program was not all used for that program. Even if the state proves this, further prosecution is not in the interest of justice.”

In the original charges, Hanson was accused of depositing more than $63,000 intended for the charity she founded, Helping Hands for Our Children, into her personal account over the course of three years.

A motion to dismiss the case was denied in April of 2021.

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