July 16, 2013 | 02:41 PMELKHORN — A 40-year-old process server was sentenced June 12 to two years of probation after he lied about serving court papers to two people.
Randy L. Ruegg of Kenosha pleaded guilty May 24 to two felony counts of forgery of an official certification.
The probation term won't begin until he has completed his probation term in Kenosha County on unrelated charges.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Nov. 29, 2011, Walworth County Court Commissioner Kristine Drettwan made a complaint against Ruegg, a private process server, to the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.
Drettwan reported that two parties, who were supposedly served by Ruegg, adamantly claimed that they hadn't been served.
One person was reportedly served on Dec. 19, 2010, at a private residence in Lake Geneva. Ruegg's notarized signature appears on the affidavit, indicating that he personally served the individual.
On March 6, police spoke to the man who said he owns two rental properties in a private subdivision in Lake Geneva but doesn't live there.
Police spoke to both tenants on the property, who confirmed no one attempted to serve papers to anyone at their residences.
When police spoke to Ruegg, he admitted that the personal service on the affidavit was incorrect.
He said the residence was in a private gated community, and he was denied access.
Police spoke to Keith Tillman of GAS Security, who oversees the subdivision's security.
Tillman reviewed the "denied access log" and reports no one was denied access into the community from Nov. 28, 2010, to Jan. 22, 2011.
In the other case, Ruegg claimed he served a woman at a private residence in Aniwa. At the time of the service, the woman was in Chicago.
When police spoke to Ruegg, he said he served papers to the woman.
When police asked Ruegg where Aniwa was, he responded "up in Wisconsin" and "in the Madison area."
Aniwa is more than 150 miles from the Madison area, about 25 miles east of Wausau.