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Dodge County Courts outside July 2018 wiscnews web only

JUNEAU — Craig Piekarski, the former president of Beaver Dam High School’s Booster Club who stole money from cash boxes at concession stands in 2016, was placed on probation Thursday for a second count of theft and must pay restitution back to the school.

Piekarski was found guilty Sept. 20 of two misdemeanor theft charges and Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia imposed and stayed a nine-month jail sentence, placed Piekarski on probation for two years and ordered him to pay restitution to both Beaver Dam High School and the booster club.

As conditions of probation, Piekarski had to serve 90 days in jail, which he is starting Tuesday. Piekarski also had to pay back Beaver Dam High School Booster Club $940 in restitution and Beaver Dam High School $3,500 in restitution. Sciascia adjourned the sentencing for the second theft charge until Thursday to ensure the restitution is paid.

Investigation by Beaver Dam Unified School District did a complete audit that was finalized Dec. 16, 2016 and found funds were missing from the booster club as well as concessions operated by another organization.

According to the criminal complaint, Piekarski admitted responsibility for the missing money and said he had a problem with gambling and got too far behind so he couldn’t reimburse the money.

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