Do the Prosecution Thing

The Business Journal of Milwaukee
By Kathy Bergstrom

Johnny Vassallo wants to send a message in his pursuit of a forgery case against his former employee. Rather than simply firing his bookkeeper and seeking restitution, Vassallo, owner of Mo’s, A Place for Steaks, 720 N. Plankinton Ave., worked to make sure the Milwaukee restaurant’s bookkeeper was charged criminally for forging checks.

“We’d like to send out a message that it’s not the right thing to do,” Vassallo said of the theft. Vassallo also owns Mo’s Market – A Place for Wine, a wine market/bar at 717 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, and Ten Eleven, a restaurant in the Park East Hotel, Milwaukee.

The employee, Lisa Hillsley, 33, of West Allis was charged Aug. 8 with three counts of forgery. Hillsley forged checks and took bank deposits that she estimated to total between$12,000 and $20,000 according to the criminal complaint in the case.

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