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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that today Deborah Paul appeared in Dodge County Court in front of The Hon. Andrew Bissonnette for sentencing. Ms. Paul had previously entered pleas to two felony counts of theft related to the Carol’s Tours business that closed with more than 200 customers having paid for travel, which they were not able to take. One count related to travel and the other related to trip interruption insurance where the defendant did not send the premiums to the insurance carrier. The case was investigated by the Beaver Dam Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The defendant was sentenced to a period of incarceration of 63 months on the second count of the information, with those 63 months broken down into 27 months of initial confinement and 36 months of extended supervision. On count one, the defendant had sentence withheld and was placed on probation for a period of seven years consecutive to the prison sentence. Conditions of extended supervision and probation include payment of $191,166 in restitution, that she not be self employed and that she not be employed handling money without her agent’s approval. The defendant also must submit a DNA sample and have no contact with any of her victims or with Lisa Hopper.
The state was represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour. Victim Services were provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Crime Victim Services.