NEW BERLIN - A Menomonee Falls man who had worked at Trees on the Move of New Berlin may have stolen as much as $45,611 from the company, according to a complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Jason S. Gouthro, 40, of W170 N8724 Edgewood Place was charged Thursday, May 18, with theft from a business.
The complaint alleges that he admitted to a small portion of the thefts, saying he needed the money to feed a heroin habit.
Gouthro had worked for Trees on the Move, 5611 S. Calhoun Road, for about 17 months from April 2015 until he quit in September 2016. He was an estimator for jobs and bought related supplies, according to the complaint.
The complaint also alleges that Gouthro admitted to over-ordering materials for jobs, then selling the unused material for heroin money. He told police those sales totaled $7,482, the complaint says. He also admitted to using a company credit card to buy $200 worth of gas in exchange for drugs and to pawning the company computer he was issued, the complaint says.
However, an audit completed in March says that the owner found $45,611 to have been stolen and that he believes the audit indicates Gouthro stole it, the complaint says.
No court date has been set.
If convicted, the theft charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. That could be increased to 12 years because he has prior convictions for battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.