By Rick Cohler
Times Press Correspondent
The former treasurer of the Black Creek Rescue service will face a preliminary hearing on multiple felony charges on Thursday, Sept. 12. Kathleen Pasch, 60, Black Creek was released on a $50,000 signature bond following her initial appearance in Outagamie County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Pasch was charged in July with one count of theft of movable property greater than $100,000 and 11 counts of forgery after Black Creek Police Chief Lowell James asked the Wisconsin State Department of Justice to investigate in July of 2018. As reported by the Times-Press on July 30, the criminal complaint stated that James and other members of the Rescue Service discovered that the defendant had made numerous ATM withdrawals against the Rescue Service account that totaled over $90,000 and was also suspected of utilizing both the Rescue Service checking and credit accounts to illegally obtain additional funds. Moreover, Chief James suspected that the defendant had forged his signatures on some of the checks. The complaint states that James met with Jenni Court, Black Creek Rescue Service secretary, and Ryan Schomisch, Black Creek emergency management co-coordinator, at BMO Harris Bank on Aug. 15, 2018. “Jenni explained that on Aug. 14, 2018, the defendant was confronted by the officers of the Black Creek Rescue Service about some missing funds from their account. At that time, according to Jenni, the defendant admitted that she had a gambling problem and that she had taken funds from the Rescue Service to support her addiction. The defendant acknowledged that what she did was wrong and claimed that she always intended to repay the money that she stole,” the complaint states.
As a condition of bond, Pasch is barred from any contact with members of Black Creek Rescue and from being in any casino.