Town sues estate of clerk accused of embezzling

(KSN File Photo)
(KSN File Photo)

TOWN OF GRATIOT, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Lafayette County are suing the estate of a deceased clerk, saying he embezzled $134,000 over a five-year period.

A WISC-TV report says Robert Hermanson committed suicide in April after being confronted with evidence of questionable expenses.

Hermanson used to be a fire-district clerk. The Village of Gratiot, the Township of Gratiot, and the Gratiot Fire District have filed a claim against his estate.

Gratiot Village Attorney Duane Jorgensen says Hermanson wrote checks to himself and his business, without receipts to support the checks.

Hermanson died in April. Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley says the death has been ruled a suicide.

Online court records list Brett Hermanson as Robert’s personal representative. A message left for him Saturday was not immediately returned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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