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Charges filed in Street Department investigation

June 24, 2014 | 09:21 AM
MADISON — Two former Lake Geneva Street Department employees have been charged in Walworth County Circuit Court with multiple felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Ronald Carstensen is alleged to have given away more than $25,000 worth of City of Lake Geneva salt/sand to private companies between 2009 and 2013 while working as the superintendent of the city's street department. Carstensen also is charged with retaining possession of a sales tax refund check meant for the city.

He resigned from his position in December.

Click here to read the criminal complaint on Carstensen

Former Lake Geneva Street Department working foreman Donald Hoeft is charged with failing to give the City of Lake Geneva proceeds from recycling city oil and scrap metal.

According to the complaint, Hoeft is alleged to have sent City employees on scrap metal runs in city vehicles on work time. Hoeft also is charged with falsely reporting the community service hours that a probationer worked for the Street Department.

Click here to read the criminal complaint on Hoeft

The charges are a result of an investigation by the Lake Geneva Police Department and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department. Assistant Attorney General Annie Jay represents the state in these matters.

See the June 26 print edition for more on this story.


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