Woman Sentenced For Collecting Unemployment While Working

6/28/17 – A Menomonie woman found guilty of collecting unemployment while working at a Columbus business was sentenced yesterday to one month in jail with work release privileges. Peggy Bolstad was also ordered to pay $10,600 in restitution to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The 55-year-old pled guilty in April to felony Theft By False Representation. Bolstad told the state workforce officials that she was not working between August of 2010 and June of 2011. However, prosecutors proved that payroll records from Prairie Crest and Prairie Ridge Assisted Living indicate that she was drawing an hourly wage while averaging between 16-and 24-hours per week. Bolstad said that she was sorry and did not do it on purpose. In addition to restitution and the 30-day jail sentence, Bolstad was also placed on probation for three years.