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Emerald woman pays $400 toward $10,000 restitution

By LeAnn R. Ralph

HUDSON — A 27-year-old Emerald woman ordered in St. Croix County Circuit Court in July to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution within 60 days has paid $400 of that amount.

Cynthia Lane Hillman, who is charged with four felony counts related to money taken from an elderly woman she was hired to care for, appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court September 6 before Judge Edward Vlack for a status conference.

Judge Vlack ordered Hillman to pay the restitution during a court hearing July 18 and gave her 60 days to make payment.

According to the complaint, Hillman was hired to care for a 79-year-old woman in the woman’s 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.

Hillman is charged with one felony count of theft of moveable property worth between $5,000 and $10,000; three felony counts of forgery; and two misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a financial transaction card.

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

Another status conference for Hillman is scheduled in St. Croix County Circuit Court October 21.