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Emerald woman to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution within 60 days

By LeAnn R. Ralph

HUDSON —  A 27-year-old Emerald woman charged with four felony counts related to money taken from an elderly woman she was hired to care for is expected to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution within 60 days.

Cynthia L. Hillman appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court July 18 for a status conference before Judge Edward Vlack, according to online court records.

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.

Hillman was expected to pay $1,000 in restitution to the clerk of court’s office by noon on July 25. Another $600 in restitution was expected to be paid on the misdemeanor charges.

After the $600 is paid, the money would be sent to the victim.

The remaining initial restitution was expected to be held on the felony charges, and $9,000 in restitution was expected to be paid within 60 days.

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.

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

Another status conference for Hillman is set in St. Croix County Circuit Court on August 10.