April 3, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – There’s been a plea deal in the case regarding a Hubertus man accused of stealing money from the Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary Church in the Town of Erin. A follow up on the case has been posted by Fox 6 in Milwaukee. A portion of their story is below.
Pierre Valodine, 76, on Wednesday, April 3 pleaded guilty to one count of theft of movable property — greater than $10,000. A second charge was dismissed but read into the court record. He will be sentenced on June 6.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation began after Valodine was suspected of stealing money from the church while he was sorting and counting money with other volunteers.
“They had noticed that there seemed to be discrepancies from past totals when it came to donations,” said Lt. Bob Konstanz, Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Suspecting he wasn’t being honest about the counting process, church employees worked with the sheriff’s office to set up a sting.
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