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News: Tainted coffee leads to embezzlement case against law firm worker

Prosecutors say that a former employee of a Rice Lake, Wisconsin law firm tainted a co-worker’s coffee, and was later found to have embezzled over $10,000.

63-year-old Kay Lee Gysbers was released on a signature bond after being charged with forgery, embezzlement and placing foreign objects in edibles.

She is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her law firm by forging checks to herself, her mother and her sister.

It all began when a co-worker burned her lips while drinking coffee and noticed a strange taste. The drink was sent to the State Crime Lab, where it was found to contain a large amount of a foreign substance. Gyspers was identified as the person having added the foreign substance to the coffee and was fired over the issue. The law firm’s owners later discovered the missing money and were able to trace the checks back to Gyspers.