Watertown Woman Accused Of Bilking Man For $130K

3/13/12 – A Watertown woman is accused of bilking an elderly man out of $130,000. 32-year-old Katrina Fredrick appeared in Dodge County court Monday on nine felony counts of Theft by False Representation, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 76 years behind bars if she is convicted. Fredrick is a family friend of the 76-year-old victim. The scam started in January of 2011 with Fredrick telling him that she needed the money for an ongoing series of medical treatments, supplies and prescriptions. She told him that the he would be completely reimbursed once she is accepted by Badger Care, the state’s low-income medical coverage plan. Fredrick also said she was suing a hospital for malpractice and he would be reimbursed from the settlement. She went so far as to have phony legal documents drawn up. The alleged con continued until last September when the victim’s son contacted county officials and the Dodge County Human Services Department called police. Fredrick reportedly confessed the scam when questioned by investigators saying she used all the money on drugs. A signature bond was set at $1000 yesterday and a preliminary hearing is on the calendar next month.