Former Ripon employee accused of stealing $400K

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RIPON, Wis. (AP) -- A 54-year-old man is accused of stealing more than $400,000 in school funds while working as the director of information technology at Ripon College.

The Reporter Media reports ( ) Ronald Haefner, of Mequon, was charged Friday with 64 counts of theft and fraud.

According to a criminal complaint, Haefner was terminated in November 2013 after school officials discovered he had allegedly been making unauthorized purchases of furniture and Apple products.

Haefner had use of a credit card with a $5,000 monthly spending limit. He oversaw a $500,000 annual budget for purchases in the department.

His attorney, Jonathan LaVoy, said Sunday his client acknowledges some wrongdoing and they hope to eventually come to a settlement involving restitution instead of going to trial.


Information from: The Reporter Media,

AP-WF-05-25-14 2113GMT

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