A pair of lawsuits has been filed by the St. Croix Chippewa Indians in Barron County Circuit Court, seeking to prevent a Cumberland woman from giving away a piece of residential property.
Filed Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the lawsuits name Cumberland resident Karen D. Johnson as the defendant.
The complaint said that while Johnson worked for the tribe as a housing specialist and finance manager from May 2014 through June 2019, she allegedly misapplied nearly $210,000 in tribal funds for her personal use.
The complaint said the defendant was prosecuted in tribal court on eight counts of alleged theft.
The defendant eventually settled the action with the tribe in May 2022. She was directed to pay a total of $239,899.27 in damages and fees, the complaint said.
The defendant later filed a quit claim deed for her Cumberland residential property in June 2022, and transferred it to two other people, the suit adds.
Total value of transferred real estate was estimated at $32,500.
In its lawsuit, the tribe is seeking to block the property transfer, alleging that it was a fraudulent attempt to keep the tribe from collecting on the settlement it won in May 2022.
A companion lawsuit also asks the court to order a lien/attachment against the defendant’s real and personal property.
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