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Emerald woman arraigned on theft, forgery and credit card fraud totaling more than $30,000

By LeAnn R. Ralph

HUDSON  —  A 27-year-old Emerald woman has been arraigned in St. Croix County Circuit Court on four felony charges related to $36,000 allegedly taken from an elderly woman she was hired to care for.

Cynthia L. Hillman appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court for an arraignment hearing June 20 before Judge Edward Vlack.

Hillman is charged with one felony count of theft between $5,000 and $10,000; three felony counts of forgery; and two misdemeanor counts of credit card fraud each less than $2,500.

According to the complaint, Hillman was hired to care for a 79-year-old woman in her home in 2014.

A representative for the elderly woman reported that the elderly woman had a zero balance on her credit card in December of that year, but four months later, in April of 2015, the balance was more than $16,000, although the elderly woman said she had not put any charges on her credit card. Between January and April of 2015, more than $21,0000 in checks were written to Cynthia Hillman.

In addition, records indicate the use of the elderly woman’s credit card at Walmart in New Richmond for purchases of nearly $4,000 and cash advances totaling nearly $8,000.

Bail was set with a $10,000 signature bond for Hillman on April 14.

Hillman was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness, the elderly woman or her family.

Court records indicate no contact includes telephone, electronic device, e-mail, facsimile, and social media, including texting, Facebook, and Twitter, or through the United States mail or by third person.

Hillman is scheduled for another court hearing in St. Croix County July 18.