Waukon woman charged with five felony counts in taking more than $10,000 from Winneshiek business

A Waukon woman faces five felony charges after admitting to Winneshiek County authorities that she had fraudulently taken more than $10,000 from the Winneshiek County business where she was employed. According to court documents, the business owners contacted the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department in March 2022 in regard to suspected theft and fraud, and a review of business recordkeeping revealed that a large amount of money had been taken from the business through a series of actions that spanned an approximate timeline of January 2015 through January 2022.

During an interview of 50-year-old Heather Migliore of Waukon regarding that initial report, court documents note that Migliore admitted to taking funds for personal use during the time she worked for the business. According to the initial report from the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s office, Migliore further admitted deleting records from computer software to cover up checks she had written to herself and that she also used a company stamp to put the owner’s signature on the checks. The report further indicates that Migliore also admitted she used the company credit card for personal use.

A warrant was issued and served April 15 for the arrest of Migliore and she was booked into the Winneshiek County Jail. The five criminal charges she faces include: a Class B felony charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct-Unlawful Activity; a Class C felony charge of First-Degree Theft; a Class C felony charge of First-Degree Fraudulent Practice; a Class C felony charge of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card over $10,000; and a Class D felony charge of Forgery. She was released from custody after posting a $1500 cash bond April 20 and she is scheduled for arraignment May 10.