MARINETTE, Wis. (WFRV) – The woman charged with hiding her mother’s body and living off her Social Security and investments has been convicted.
According to court records, 61-year-old Paula Bergold has been found guilty of Hiding a Corpse in Marinette County Court. Bergold, who had also been charged with Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and Failure to Report Unusual Circumstances, entered an insanity plea in early March.
Wisconsin state statutes say Bergold could be charged up to $25,000, imprisoned up to 12 and a half years, or both.
In September 2019, Bergold was arrested for allegedly not reporting the death of her mother, 89-year-old Ruby, for up to four months. According to officials, Bergold put the body in a small plastic tub and kept it in a basement of her Peshtigo home.