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Former Ripon College IT director pleads not guilty to stealing over $400k

Ronald Haefner (Photo from: Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department)
Ronald Haefner (Photo from: Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department)

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A former information technology director at Ripon College has pleaded not guilty to stealing over $400,000.  

54-year-old Ronald Haefner of Mequon is scheduled to have a two-week trial starting January 5th.

He's charged in Fond du Lac County with 64 felonies and misdemeanors. They include 10 charges of fraudulent credit card use, and 54 embezzlement counts.  

A criminal complaint has 18 pages of purchases that Haefner is accused of improperly making -- including computer, furniture, and other items.  

He worked at Ripon from 1999 until he was fired last November. The complaint quoted Haefner as saying he made purchases for himself and his family, and gave some of the items to a former Ripon College president who's now at a school in North Carolina.  

District Attorney Eric Toney said the thefts appeared to be for personal profit -- and the DA said he believed Haefner lied to the former Ripon president.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)