Former Lake Geneva Street Department Employees Charged with Theft and Misconduct Bound Over for Trial

Sep 8 2014
Former Lake Geneva Street Department Employees Charged with Theft and Misconduct Bound Over for Trial
 

MADISON — Former Lake Geneva Street Department employees Ronald Carstensen and Donald Hoeft appeared in court Friday, September 5, 2014, for their preliminary hearings in Walworth County and, after waiving their rights to a preliminary hearing, were bound over for trial.  Mr. Hoeft’s arraignment is scheduled for September 19, 2014, at 1:15 pm.  Mr. Carstensen was arraigned and a status conference was scheduled for November 14, 2014, at 1:15 pm.

 

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 City’s Street Department Superintendent.  Carstensen also is charged with retaining possession of a sales tax refund check meant for the City.

 

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.

 

While the defendants have been charged in criminal complaints, they are presumed innocent and the state will need to prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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.

 

The criminal complaints can be found at the following links:

Carstensen Complaint

Hoeft Complaint