Better Business Bureau in Wisconsin holds ShredFest

Wisconsin’s Better Business Bureau held a ShredFest at three locations across the state; this event invites people to bring their printed personal information with the purpose of destroying it to protect themselves against identity theft, the Star Tribune reported on September 30.

The document-shredding event took place in Appleton, Madison, and West Allis. Another ShredFest will take place on October 25 in Manitowoc.

Better Business Bureau offices across the country host these events to encourage people to bring in their documents with highly-sensitive personal information, such as account numbers, so that these documents can be shredded for free.

Over 63,000 pounds of documents were destroyed at Wisconsin shredding events in May of this year, the Better Business Bureau reported.

Identity theft is becoming a more commonly persecuted crime, with its new association with the Internet and other developing technologies. The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. in Appleton believe those charged with identity theft should immediately seek experienced representation, and we may be able to help. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 today to begin discussing options for your defense.

Appleton accountant stole $1M from company

Thirty-seven-year-old Appleton resident Jenissa Carlson is scheduled to appear in court in October in regards to six felony counts of theft in a business setting and four counts of forgery, allegations brought against her from her former employer, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

According to Outagamie County prosecutors, Carlson used her accountant position to steal over $1 million from Service Motor Co., a local farming equipment company, to indulge her online spending and cover credit card debts. The investigation into the matter started in March 2013 when the company’s president James Sommer realized checks addressed to a vendor were missing–Carlson had re-addressed them to herself to pay off debts.

Carlson apologized to Sommer via letter and sent him a cashier’s check for $6,089. She will plead not guilty.

The criminal defense lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C., understand how charges like theft and forgery are likely to be prosecuted and therefore, know best how to defend against them. If you are facing criminal charges in Appleton, enlist the assistance of our legal team today by calling (414) 271-9595, and learn how we may aggressively work on your behalf.

Program to GPS track those with restraining orders was limited

The plan to install a $3-million Global Positioning System (GPS) program to track those people who have been issued domestic abuse or harassment restraining orders, which Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed would be covered by the state’s 2013-1015 budget, was met with a lackluster reception by Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee, the Associated Press reported on September 16.

Wisconsin officials suggested instead $250,000 for program grants during the budget’s first year with a 50% match from the locals. Walker vetoed the match aspect.

Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John, the Justice department’s second-in-command in the state after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, told the state Legislature’s finance committee that the final budget language did not allow for judges to order a GPS tracking device on people subjected to restraining orders unless they violated said orders. St. John added that the current law in effect prohibits this program’s implementation.

The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. are dedicated to aggressively defending clients who have been charged with a criminal offense in Wisconsin. Our legal team knows that laws are constantly changing, and we can provide knowledgeable and experienced representation in a criminal case. Call our offices in Appleton today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.

Son charged with killing father in Rock County

Thirty-year-old Beloit, Wisconsin resident Peter Hemmy has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in Rock County for the death of his 58-year-old father, Bruce Hemmy.

Police authorities said the younger Hemmy turned himself in on Monday, August 25, after striking his father numerous times in the head with a hammer. According to reports, he told the authorities that he had committed a crime at his home, and when the home was checked, they found his father.

Hemmy was given a bond of $250,000 and is set to make a court appearance on Tuesday, September 16 for a pre-trial proceeding to determine if there is enough evidence in order to move forward with a trial.

Charges such as manslaughter and murder can carry with them devastating consequences in the event of a conviction, so if you have been accused with these or any other serious criminal charge, let the experienced Appleton criminal defense attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. fight for you. Call us today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.

Woman sentenced to 30 months for fraud against government

According to court documents, 30-year-old Menomonee Falls resident Tiffany Harden received over $120,000 in refunds from 35 fake income tax returns filed in 2012 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison on August 11, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Harden retained the private information of some individuals by offering to do their taxes for them, after which they never heard from her. In addition to scamming the IRS, Harden went through the U.S. Postal Service, alleging to be homeless in order to qualify for federal food stamps. Harden pleaded guilty to the charges against her.

If you or someone you know is facing charges of mail fraud or a similar charge, it is important to seek legal counsel as early on in the process as possible. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C., are an experienced criminal defense team that fights tirelessly on behalf of their clients. Call our Appleton offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case.

Business owner gets 30 days in jail for healthcare fraud

Fifty-four-year-old Little Suamico, Wisconsin resident Greg Gering, who co-owns a chain of children’s clothing stores called Once Upon a Child in Green Bay and Appleton with his wife, was sentenced by Oconto County Judge Michael Judge to spend 30 days in jail and pay a fine of $30,000 for three counts of medical assistance fraud, the Post Crescent reported on July 18.

Gering received over $25,000 in BadgerCare benefits throughout three years, concealing his ownership of his business, which would have made him ineligible. He plead guilty to the charges against him as part of a plea bargain.

Serious consequences face those who have been charged with medical assistance fraud, or other types of fraud. If you are in a situation like this, it is important to enlist the services of a criminal defense attorney as early on as possible. The experienced legal team at Hart Powell, S.C. understands how these charges are usually prosecuted and therefore, know best how to defend against them. To discuss your case with us, call our Appleton offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

Dudas scheduled for sentencing in sexual assault case

Forty-nine-year-old former Appleton and Stevens Point attorney, David Dudas, could spend the rest of his life in jail after he was found guilty of almost 30 crimes against his own wife, with his sentencing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.

According to criminal complaints lodged against him by his wife, Dudas sexually assaulted her repeatedly in July 2013. She said she was able to leave the house and escape from him by climbing though a window in their house and jumping from it while their children contacted the police.

Dudas has been convicted of first degree sexual assault, 14 counts of second degree sexual assault, and 11 counts of strangulation and suffocation. His sentencing will take place at the Outagamie County Court.

Our attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C., in Appleton understand that many people in Appleton require the services of skilled defense attorneys, which is why we are committed to providing the best possible representation to our clients.  To discuss your situation with one of our attorneys call our offices today at (414) 271-9595.

Judge dismissed attempted homicide charge of Fond du Lac woman

The attempted homicide charge against twenty-eight-year-old Kenna Bowe was recently dismissed by a Fond du Lac County judge, a Fond du Lac Reporter article stated on June 29.

This charge was related to the incident in which Bowe gave her daughter 12 sleeping pills and attempted to overdose herself. Her attorney argued that the amount of drugs that entered the child’s body was not enough to kill her, and he backed this up with reports from a toxicology expert and a medical professional.

If you are facing a criminal charge, it is critical to your case that you enlist the services of a lawyer as early on as possible. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. have three decades of legal experience and are dedicated to aggressively defending clients against charges like this. To speak with one of our criminal defense attorneys about your case and possible defense, call our Appleton offices at (414) 271-9595 today.

DNA evidence links Clayton Courtney to Britney Cross’ murder

Police authorities found evidence that would implicate 28-year-old Janesville resident Clayton Courtney in the death of 21-year-old Britney Cross, whose body was found last month along the Rock River, GazetteXtra reported on June 19.

Courtney was already in custody due to the alleged attempted murder of his roommate on the same night that Cross was killed by blunt force injury to her head. Deputy Chief Dan Davis said in a prepared statement that a baseball cap, a pocket-sized Bible, and a T-shirt belonging to Cross were all recovered at the scene of the crime. Blood on Cross’ pants matched Courtney’s DNA, the Wisconsin crime laboratory stated.

The potential repercussions of a criminal charge can be overwhelming, but you do not have to face this situation alone. The reputable and accomplished attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. aggressively defend our clients who have been charged with a criminal offense in Appleton or other areas in Wisconsin. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your situation.

Appleton man claims his 3-year-old daughter initiated sexual contact

A 39-year-old Appleton resident has recently been sentenced to 12 years in prison plus eight years of extended supervision for sexually abusing his 3-year-old daughter

The man pleaded no contest in June 2013 to the charge of first-degree child sex assault, a felony with a maximum 60 year sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Hahn said that the defendant claimed that the three-year-old girl initiated the sexual contact. The man requested for mental health treatment to be included as part of his sentence along with his incarceration.

Outagamie County Judge Mitchell Metropulos said the defendant may be playing up his mental illness “either to gain sympathy or to deflect the severity of his acts, which is problematic when we’re dealing with sexual deviancy”.

According to the criminal complaint filed in June 2012, the victim said her father liked to “play doctor” by exposing himself and touching her private areas.

If you have been charged with a sexual crime in Appleton, it is utmost essential to hire an experienced legal team that can help drop or lower your charges. As such, our Appleton lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C. may be of great help to you. Call our offices at 414-271-9595 if you are interested in our legal services.