Former deputy sent to prison
A former corrections officer with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office will spend the next seven years in state prison.
Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge John Hoffmann sentenced Tamara L. Moe, 34, Scandinavia, to four years in prison and six years of extended supervision.
Hoffmann ordered her Waupaca County sentence be served consecutively with the three-year prison sentence ordered in Portage County.
Since January 2011, prosecutors in seven counties filed a total of 16 criminal cases against Moe.
Most of the charges involved worthless checks. More serious charges included impersonating an officer to commit a crime in Dane County and felony theft in Portage County, where she stole jewelry from a home while working for a cleaning service.
In Waupaca County, the district attorney’s office filed six separate criminal cases against Moe between September 2011 and October 2012.
She was convicted of burglary, three counts of felony theft through fraud, credit card fraud and worthless checks.
While working as a deputy, Moe told her co-workers, family and friends she had cancer. They donated tens of thousands of dollars to help her pay for medical treatments which never occurred.
Moe left the sherrif’s department in February 2007.
In July 2008, Moe sent a letter to an Iola man, asking for help with the costs of her cancer treatment. The man sent Moe a check for $5,000.
In March 2009, Moe met with the Iola man and told him about a new cancer treatment her insurance did not cover. The man gave Moe $10,000 and made out another check for $11,000 to Moe’s aunt.
Moe’s aunt told investigators she had believed Moe was terminally ill from cancer. The aunt said she and other relatives gave Moe thousands of dollars and helped organize a benefit and raise funds toward her alleged cancer treatments.
In 2010, Moe opened a credit card account using her neighbor’s name, birth date and Social Security number. By the time he learned about the credit card, she had run up $7,500 in debt for which he was responsible. The card had been used to withdraw more than $5,000 in cash, much of it from casino ATMs.
Moe also broke into the home of another neighbor in September 2011 and stole more than $3,200 in cash and coins, along with a portable DVD player.
In addition to prison, Hoffmann ordered Moe pay nearly $60,000 in restitution as a condition of her extended supervision.