Former Ripon Employee Accused of Stealing $400K

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RIPON, Wis. (AP) -- A 54-year-old man is accused of stealing more than $400,000 in school funds while working as the director of information technology at Ripon College.

Ronald Haefner, of Mequon, was charged Friday with 64 counts of theft and fraud.

According to a criminal complaint, Haefner was terminated in November 2013 after school officials discovered he had allegedly been making unauthorized purchases of furniture and Apple products.

Haefner had use of a credit card with a $5,000 monthly spending limit. He oversaw a $500,000 annual budget for purchases in the department.

His attorney, Jonathan LaVoy, said Sunday his client acknowledges some wrongdoing and they hope to eventually come to a settlement involving restitution instead of going to trial.


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