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PORT WASHINGTON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on January 19, 2011, Dean W. Roberts, a retired Ozaukee Sheriff's Department Lieutenant was sentenced on felony theft charges by Circuit Court Todd K. Martens in Washington County Circuit Court after Roberts earlier entered a plea of guilty. Judge Martens withheld sentence and placed Roberts on probation for three (3) years. As conditions of probation Roberts will be required to serve 6 months in jail and pay restitution for the funds that he stole.
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.
Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Sandy Williams previously recused herself from the case. The Chief Judge of the District assigned the matter to Judge Todd K. Martens.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state.