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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that four defendants appeared on March 23, 2010, before Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Robert J. Wirtz to face criminal charges of homestead tax credit fraud. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, acting as Special Prosecutor for Fond du Lac and Dane County, has filed felony charges in Fond du Lac County against Wendy Nelsen, Kristine Flynn, Nicole Ousley, and Amy Prelwitz, alleging homestead tax credit fraud.
According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaints, Wendy Nelsen, Kristine Flynn, Nicole Ousley and Amy Prelwitz were involved in the preparation of fraudulent homestead tax credit forms where they claimed that they were living in private residential rental properties when in reality they were all incarcerated. Each defendant has been charged with felonies.
Nelsen, Flynn and Prelwitz are scheduled to have their preliminary hearings before the Honorable Peter L. Grimm, Circuit Court Judge, on April 30, 2010. Ousley is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing before the Honorable Dale L. English, Circuit Court Judge, on April 2, 2010.
Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
These matters were investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Wisconsin State Capitol Police Department. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Defort represents the State of Wisconsin in each of the four cases.
A copy of the each criminal complaint is available at: