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South Milwaukee Resident James D. Gardetto Appears in Court on Unfair Trade Practices Charges

 

WAUKESHA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on June 29, 2011, at a hearing before Waukesha County Court Commissioner Martin Binn, bail was set for south Milwaukee resident James D. Gardetto.  In addition to cash bail, the defendant was ordered to comply with the following conditions:  1) the defendant is to have no contact with his alleged victims or any witnesses listed in the criminal complaint; 2) the defendant is to comply with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Special Order referenced in the criminal complaint; and 3) the defendant shall submit to the booking process immediately following the hearing for a photograph and fingerprints.

 

This matter is tentatively scheduled for an Arraignment and Initial Appearance on July 25, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. in front of Commissioner of Martin Binn at the Waukesha County Circuit Court. 

 

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Gardetto agreed to the entry of an order of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in 2003.  Among other things, the order requires that Mr. Gardetto refrain from engaging in specific unfair trade practices.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection discovered that Mr. Gardetto had been violating that order on multiple occasions. 

 

A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.  Wisconsin Statute Chapter 950 Victim Services are being provided by the Office of the Waukesha County District Attorney.  Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represents the State of Wisconsin as the special prosecutor.

 

A copy of the criminal complaint is available at:

 

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