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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.

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.

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.

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.

Appleton lawyer’s sexual assault trial to begin on April 21

On Monday, April 21 Appleton attorney, David Dudas, 49, will face 31 counts ranging from first-degree sexual assault to felony charges of suffocation and strangulation. The trial is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and will include four days of testimony.

Dudas had been taken into police custody last July after his wife called the police and reported that Dudas hit her in the head, repeatedly suffocated her, and sexually assaulted her that day. Additionally, Dudas’ wife stated that she had been subjected forceful sexual intercourse over the span of a year.

Being charged with a criminal offense can be extremely frightening. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. represent Appleton people that are summoned to appear in criminal court. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our team about your case.


4-H volunteer faces sexual assault charges

A volunteer for the 4-H program in Calumet County has been charged with two counts of child enticement and sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Chance J. Ujazdowski, 30, of Hortonville could be sentenced to 62 years in prison if he is found guilty of all of the charges filed against him. The charges against Ujazdowski are related to incidents that occurred in Outagamie County. Allegedly, Ujazdowski initiated an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl involved in the 4-H program.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Han noted that, aside from the two incidents of sexual assualt in Outagamie County, there had been other incidents in a different county that occurred in February of 2013. Ujazdowski’s defense attorney, James Long, asked the court to assign a bond for his client based only on the Outagamie County charges.

If you have been charged with severe criminal charges, hiring legal counsel could optimize a favorable outcome in court. The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. represent Appleton people that face criminal charges. Call (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team.

“Jihad Jane” sentenced to 10 years in jail

A woman who is a citizen of the United States and who admitted to plotting to kill a Swedish artist for allegedly offending Muslims received a sentence of 10 years in jail. Fifty-year-old Colleen Larose, who admitted that she was involved in a plot to kill the artist, is known online as “Jihad Jane.”

Larose was formerly potentially facing a life in prison, but the judge handling her case approved a government petition to have her sentence reduced due to the assistance she gave to federal investigators. After the request was granted, prosecutors still sought several decades in prison due to the perceived danger Larose posed.

If you are charged with a federal offense in Appleton, a defense attorney with Hart Powell, S.C. can help you craft a strong defense, giving you a chance to possibly get acquitted or receive lesser charges. Find out more about the resources and experience we have and how we can put it to work for you by calling 414-271-9595 today.