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County employee charged with misconduct, theft

A Pierce County employee was charged in Circuit Court Wednesday with falsifying records and theft.

Roger L. Billeter, 51, W6207 490th St., Beldenville, who works for the Highway Department, is looking at two Class I felonies, which each carry a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison, if found guilty. His first court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 19.

According to the criminal complaint, Sheriff's Department investigators were first notified of the alleged incident in November when Chad Johnson, Highway Commissioner, and Jim Harris, Highway Superintendent, came to them with information that Billeter was involved in the theft of diesel fuel.

Harris told investigators there was documentation that Billeter, a Highway employee for 12 years, has had a pattern of inconsistent fuel shortages and record keeping since April 2008. They continued in that as his job as foreman, Billeter is to transport diesel fuel, in his assigned truck, to the job site and fuel equipment that is unable to be driven back to Ellsworth to be fueled at the central pumps that are located at the Highway Department.

Harris said that from his review of the documents involving Billeter's hand receipts he has identified approximately 145 incidents of fuel receipts/records that have been identified as being either filled out incorrectly or falsely altered to hide the theft of fuel from the Highway Department.

For more please read the March 24 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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