CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: RF woman victim of an Internet site that fraudulently sold football jerseys
Scammers used the names of two Wisconsin women to set up Internet sites that fraudulently sell pro football jerseys. The Better Business Bureau said one woman in River Falls and another in Muskego are being asked by customers why they haven't received the jerseys they ordered. Neither woman had no idea what was going on -- and they did not know that foreign scammers used their names as contacts for buyers. The Web sites offer top-of-the-line Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys jerseys for just 89.99, a fraction of their normal 240-dollar cost. The Bureau's Kimberly Hazen tells W-I-S-C T-V in Madison that shoppers are told to contact the two women, who had their home addresses posted. Hazen said the site should have raised red flags for shoppers, because it's riddled with bad grammar and spelling -- and it only asks for a billing address for credit card purchases. Hazen said too many people looked past that, and they never realized the deals were too good to be true. The two victims have contacted both local and federal authorities. Hazen said there was nothing they could have done to avoid being used like this.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke defends his recent promotion of an officer who was suspected of committing misconduct a year and a half ago. Nancy Evans became the head of security at Mitchell International Airport. That was after prosecutors decided last year that Evans did not benefit personally, when she awarded thousands-of-dollars in no-bid flooring contracts to a company run by her extra-marital boyfriend. Reports said the work was sub-standard and could have been done better and faster by Milwaukee County employees. The deputies' union filed suit recently, alleging that Clarke illegally promoted Evans while repeatedly passing over a white male candidate. Clarke calls the lawsuit sexist and frivolous.
Four nursing employees at the Milwaukee veterans' hospital are due in court March 27th, after they allegedly sold prescription pain-killers to each other. An investigation began last December, after a co-worker at the V-A Hospital reported seeing a licensed practical nurse and three nursing assistants exchanging medications. Milwaukee County prosecutors said the four transferred and sold oxycodone and Percocet pills among each other for several months. State felony charges were filed over the weekend against 38-year-old Jermaine Cohill, 35-year-old Ryan Driscoll, 46-year-old Yvette Wright, and 27-year-old Alicia Ojeda. The charges are related to illegal narcotics possession.
A Milwaukee woman is under arrest, after her 14-month-old son was found dead in a home. A relative asked police to check on the two early yesterday afternoon. An officer found the toddler unresponsive, and his 36-year-old mother was semi-conscious after she apparently tried overdosing on pills. Rescuers were able to revive the mother, but they could not save the youngster. He died at the scene. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy to determine how the boy died.