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Woman charged with tainting co-worker's coffee, embezzling over $10K

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RICE LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - Prosecutors said a former employee of a Rice Lake law firm tainted a co-worker’s coffee, and was later found to have embezzled over $10,000.

63-year-old Kay Lee Gysbers of Almena is free on a signature bond, after being charged in Barron County with placing foreign objects in edibles, forgery, and embezzlement. All three counts are felonies, and Gysbers is due back in court March 6th when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial.

WQOW-TV in Eau Claire said it all began when a female employee at the Rice Lake law firm burned her lips on bad-tasting coffee. The drink was sent to the State Crime Lab, where it was found to have a large amount of a foreign substance.

The TV station said Gyspers was fired over it – and the law firm’s owners later discovered the missing money. Authorities say she stole from the firm’s trust account, and forged checks to herself and her mother and sister. 

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