- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014
Convicted Wisconsin bigamist sentenced for forgery

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) - A convicted bigamist was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on forgery charges, ending a saga that began when he fled before his original sentencing date.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea, of Wausau, was convicted in Calumet County of stealing thousands of dollars from his ex-girlfriend by writing checks on her account. He fled before a Jan. 21 sentencing date but was arrested weeks later in New London.

Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1s0c8PChttp://wdhne.ws/1s0c8PC ) Circuit Judge Jeffrey Froehlich said probation wasn’t an option for Swinea, who defrauded a “vulnerable, widowed woman” and showed no remorse.

Swinea could face additional prison time because Marathon County prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to revoke his probation on a bigamy conviction in an unrelated case. A hearing in that case has not been set.

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Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.comhttp://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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Assembly Republicans to discuss expelling Kramer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican leaders in the state Assembly plan to discuss this week whether to remove embattled former Majority Leader Bill Kramer from office.

Waukesha County prosecutors charged Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide in 2011. The charges come on the heels of separate allegations he sexually harassed a lobbyist and a legislative staffer in Washington D.C. in February.

Assembly Republicans stripped Kramer of his leadership post after the Washington allegations surfaced and Kramer said he won’t run for re-election in November. On Saturday Republican leaders called on him to resign outright.

A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he plans to meet with other Republicans on Thursday to talk about Kramer.

It would take a two-thirds vote of the Assembly to expel Kramer from office.

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