Crime and Court Roundup: Four million dollars collected in civil and criminal penalties, federal prosecutors reportedWisconsin News
-- Federal prosecutors for the western half of Wisconsin collected almost four-million dollars in civil-and-criminal penalties over the last fiscal year.
Federal prosecutors for the western half of Wisconsin collected almost four-million dollars in civil-and-criminal penalties over the last fiscal year. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil of Madison said his office collected over three-point-two-million dollars in civil penalties during the year ending September 30th. And they took in another 700-thousand in criminal penalties. Nationally, U-S attorneys said they collected around three-billion dollars in criminal fines and assessments over the last fiscal year – plus 10-billion in civil fines. They also collected over four-billion-dollars in assets forfeited for various reasons – including drug cases. Officials say most penalties are for civil fraud – and for violations of federal safety, health, environmental, and civil rights laws.
A Chicago man is expected to settle a court case today for supplying the drugs that killed a central Wisconsin man 16 months ago. 26-year-old Tyshun Meeks was supposed to go on trial in Marathon County. But instead, he struck a plea deal – and he’s expected to enter new pleas and be sentenced late this morning. Meeks was originally charged with 10 counts that included first-degree reckless homicide, seven counts of manufacturing and delivering cocaine and heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and misdemeanor bail jumping. Authorities said Meeks was responsible for the death of 26-year-old Justin Selves, who died from a drug overdose in August of 2011. Two women have been sentenced for their roles in the death, and two other men still have charges pending. Online court records said Meeks still has two other open cases in Marathon County – a 2008 charge of cocaine possession, and a 2011 count of obstructing police.
A Lincoln County woman faces additional felony drug charges after she allegedly removed drugs from her body while in jail, and shared them with fellow inmates. 23-year-old Cassiopia Conlin and two others have tested positive for drugs since Conlin's incarceration began in Lincoln County Jail on November 26. The new charges against Conlin include delivery of heroin, delivery of methamphetamine and delivering articles to an inmate.