Ex-Employee Charged With Stealing $92,000 From County Clare Irish Inn And Pub

By: Bruce Vielmetti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

County Clare, 1234 N. Astor St., Milwaukee (Photo: Google Street View)

A longtime employee of the County Clare Irish Pub & Inn has been charged with embezzling more than $92,000 from the business, most of it in the two years before she was found out and fired in 2015.

Karrie Spoerl, 56, was charged this week with theft in a business setting in excess of $10,000.

Investigators say Spoerl of West Allis was using County Clare funds to pay for personal expenses, everything from medical care to concert tickets, groceries to gasoline.

There were charges for airline tickets, a Florida cruise, a $1,300 stay at the Chicago Hilton hotel, clothing, shoes, meals at restaurants and even violin rental.

According to the complaint, Spoerl began working for County Clare, 1234 N. Astor St., in February 2001 and became its bookkeeper around 2010.

In 2015, an accounting manager for another inn owned by Cary James "Rip" O'Dwann noticed the unauthorized spending. The manager met with Spoerl to discuss some of the expenditures, but Spoerl never appeared at a follow-up meeting and was fired.

About $34,000 was charged to County Clare's credit card in just one fiscal year, from April 2014 to April 2015. In 2013 and 2014, she made more than $57,000 in other withdrawals from County Clare's accounts, mostly to pay medical expenses and to make a down payment on a car, according to the court records.

Spoerl is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the felony embezzlement charge June 11.

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