Thomas Wiechmann, 57, is a Former Chief Financial Officer at Reichel Foods
Thomas Wiechmann served as Reichel Foods’ CFO until being dismissed last March amid allegations that he embezzled an undisclosed sum using credit cards issued to Reichel Foods.
The lawsuit alleges Wiechmann and Taylor used their positions as senior finance employees to unlawfully purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and frequent-flier reward points without authorization, totalling more than $600,000.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Wiechmann was born and raised in Minnesota’s suburbs of Minneapolis. He attended a private high school before going on to earn both a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Minnesota as well as a Masters Degree of Public Policy from Harvard.
Reichel Foods in Rochester employed him until March 2021 when they fired him for embezzlement charges; during his time with them he is accused of incurring hundreds of thousands in unapproved charges on his company credit card while keeping reward points for personal use.
He and Tricia share two children, Bradley and Daniel. The couple lives in Austin, Texas where Tricia works as HR director for the City of Austin as well as being an active member of The Junior League – an organization dedicated to encouraging voluntarism among women while nurturing girls’ potential.
Thomas Wiechmann, 57, served as Reichel Foods in Rochester as chief financial officer until being charged in 2021 with four felony theft counts for misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars from their company.
The lawsuit alleges that Wiechmann used his position to conceal his thefts with various tactics, such as falsified expense reimbursement requests, seizing sole authority to use credit card reward points and falsifying storage business revenue figures on company records.
Tricia Wiechmann is named as an individual accused of actively participating in the theft of money and reward points from Bradley Wiechmann, as well as their two sons Bradley and Daniel. According to this lawsuit, all three were aware of and took part in the scheme to steal both.
Achievement and Honors
Wiechmann was an enthusiastic racecar driver and member of the SCCA. He won the Formula Ford national championship in 1975 before becoming part of Ocala Flying Model Club. He is survived by his wife June as well as stepsons Eric and Marc van Gestel from Ocala.
Feeding the Moonfish was included in Eric Lane’s Telling Tales: New One Act Plays as both an individual playwright and published work, standing out due to its strict adherence to Aristotle’s three key rules of drama: action, time and place unities. Set on a dock in Florida during one night on Eden and Martin’s emotional clash that ultimately results in reconciliation, Feeding the Moonfish challenges audiences to consider the relationship between earthly order and divine justice.
Thomas Wiechmann lives on County Road 169 in Melrose, Minnesota with his wife Tricia, two sons – Bradley and Daniel, as well as Loretta his daughter – as well as several relatives.
The lawsuit alleged Wiechmann illegally misappropriated Reichel Foods credit card funds and reward points for personal use, purchasing Vikings seat licenses at US Bank Stadium with commemorative bricks bearing his and his wife’s names, entertainment services, custom alarm services, food, travel arrangements and credit cards among other things.
The original criminal complaint filed against Wiechmann alleged four counts of theft by swindle and claimed his unauthorized charges totaled more than $600,000. Wiechmann entered an Alford plea in 2021 – meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there is enough evidence against him to convict.
Thomas Wiechmann was terminated as Reichel Foods’ CFO last year after it was discovered he made hundreds of thousands of dollars of unauthorised charges on company credit cards, redeemed company rewards points for personal expenses, submitted fraudulent expense reimbursement requests and falsified company records to conceal this theft. Wiechmann was charged with four felony counts of theft by swindle and faces up to 20 years imprisonment.
In addition to credit card charges, the lawsuit also alleges that Reichel purchased a seat license at US Bank Stadium and commemorative brick bearing his and his wife’s names using Reichel funds. Furthermore, it asserts that Reichel falsified two checks from Stowaway Storage without permission in order to use as loans and then reduced company record revenue in order to conceal the transfers.