- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

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 The Reporter Media (https://fondul.ac/RqmVDX ).

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

Haefner’s 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.

Besides purchases allegedly made for himself and his family, some items were given to a former Ripon College president who is now president of Brevard College in North Carolina, according to the complaint.

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney said the alleged thefts appear to be for personal profit and that much of this “appears to be built on the backs of students at Ripon College.”

Toney said he believes Haefner took advantage of Ripon College and lied to the former Ripon college president.

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.

Haefner’s next court appearance is June 2.

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Information from: The Reporter Media, https://www.fdlreporter.com


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