Seven Racketeering Suspects Free on Bond

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Seven of eight people charged with racketeering in the Eau Claire area are free on bond as of Wednesday.

Stacy Deprey is being held on a different matter.

All of them appeared in court Wednesday morning, in person, or via videoconference.

39-year old Duane Kolve was the only suspect to appear in person.

He came voluntarily Wednesday morning and posted a $10,000 cash bond, while the other six were released on $5,000 signature bonds.

A judge ruled that none of them are allowed to contact witnesses listed in a criminal complaint. Police say kolve and the other seven supervised several local businesses where employees gathered more than $10 million in donations, though only pennies of every dollar actually went to charity.
The suspects are scheduled to be back in court next month.