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Ozaukee Theft Case Set For Preliminary Hearing


PORT WASHINGTON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on September 21, 2010, Dean W. Roberts, a retired Ozaukee Sheriff's Department Lieutenant living in Cedarburg, Wisconsin made an initial appearance on felony theft changes in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Ozaukee County, filed a criminal complaint in Ozaukee County Circuit Court against Dean W. Roberts of Cedarburg, alleging Felony Theft in a Business Setting in an amount greater than $5,000 but less than $10,000 arising out of incidents that occurred between May 29, 2007 and April 29, 2008. The allegation is a felony charge that carries a maximum penalty fine of $10,000 and six years imprisonment.


The charge is the result of an investigation by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The criminal complaint alleges that Dean W. Roberts was a Lieutenant in the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department and was authorized to use a credit card for authorized expenses, but that 73 transactions were conducted by Roberts between May 29, 2007, and November 29, 2007, that were unauthorized, including expenses for purchases made in Mackinac City, Michigan, and for payment to an attorney's office. The complaint also alleges that Roberts accessed a safe at the sheriff's department and removed $1,880 from it, and made a payment to US Bank on April 28, 2008, in the amount of $1,480 on the credit card account.


The criminal complaint further alleges that at all times, these transactions were conducted by Roberts while he was an employee of the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department in Ozaukee County, and that because of his duties, he had possession of the money and credit card account, but conducted the transactions contrary to his authority by using the money and credit card to conduct transactions that were for Robert's personal use, rather than authorized expenditures on behalf of the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department. Roberts retired from the Sheriff's Department before the thefts were discovered.


Judge Martens set the matter for a preliminary hearing on October 11, 2010.


A criminal complaint is a document alleging a violation of the criminal law. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state.