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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.

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.

Former Kohler Company employee charged with embezzlement

On Friday, January 17, Kirk Riddle, a former employee of Kohler Co., was sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzlement and theft.

In addition to prison time, Riddle was sentenced to three years of probation. He allegedly embezzled $117,000 from his employer to pay for escort services. In addition, he stole two $6,000 toilets from his company to install in his home.

During his hearing, Riddle thanked Kohler Co. and apologized for taking advantage of their finances. Riddle’s attorney cited alcoholism as the reason for Riddle’s behavior.

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren subtracted the 41 days that Riddle had already served from his 90-day jail term.

If you have been accused of a criminal offense in Appleton, the attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. could make a significant impact in the outcome of your trial. Call (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team today about your options.