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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint charging Rebecca L. Day, age 38, a Dodge County resident, with misconduct in office (one count), Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today.


If convicted of misconduct in office, a felony, Day faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and six months and a maximum fine not to exceed $10,000.


The criminal complaint alleges that Day served as the treasurer for the Town of Chester in Dodge County for approximately eight years. Among her duties as treasurer, Day was responsible for accepting property tax payments and documenting their payment. During an examination of the town's finances, an accounting firm discovered that Day recorded payment of property taxes for her own residence in the Town of Chester without actually making a payment to the township for her property taxes. This happened each year between 2002 and 2006.


The allegations in the complaint and described above have not been proven in a court of law. The defendant is presumed innocent, and the state bears the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This matter is currently scheduled for an initial appearance in the Dodge County Circuit Court before Court Commissioner James Olson, on June 30, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the criminal investigation in this matter. Assistant Attorney General Donald Latorraca from the Department's Division of Legal Services will represent the state as a special prosecutor for Dodge County.