UPDATE: Former Jefferson Co. Drug Task Force Supervisor to Face Trial for Theft

UPDATE:  A former Jefferson County sheriff

Timothy Madson

UPDATED Wednesday, May 8, 2013 --- 11:26 a.m.

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Jefferson County sheriff's sergeant has been bound over for trial on theft and misconduct charges.

A criminal complaint says Timothy Madson filled out multiple expense reports as supervisor of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force from 2003 to 2011. It says Madson received more than $20,000 in reimbursement from task force funds. The complaint says he sought reimbursement for work performed by other officers he supervised on the task force. Madson was in charge of approving those expense claims.

A conviction on the theft charge could send Madson to prison for ten years. A conviction for misconduct in public office is punishable by a maximum 3 1/2 years in prison.

The state Department of Justice investigated the case.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 5, 2013 --- 12:04 p.m.

Press Release from the Attorney General's Office:

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Timothy Madson, a former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department sergeant and supervisor of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, made his initial appearance on one felony count of theft and one felony count of misconduct in public office. Madson, who has been out of custody while this case has been investigated and pending, was ordered by reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim to be booked today but will remain free on a $10,000 signature bond. A preliminary hearing before assigned Waukesha County Judge Patrick Haughney has not yet been scheduled.

According to the Criminal Complaint, Madson served as the supervisor of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force from 2003 until late 2011. During that time, Madson filled out multiple expense reports claiming hundreds of case-related expenses during the course of his employment. As a result of these expense claims, Madson received more than $20,000 in reimbursement from task force funds. Madson’s expense claims were in excess of any claims made by the case officers on the task force. On his expense forms, Madson attributed those expenses to case-related work, but based upon statements from other officers on the task force, Madson was the supervisor and wouldn’t have performed work on cases that required reimbursement. Madson was in charge of disbursing funds from the task force accounts to the investigators and was responsible for approving expense claims, and therefore was in a position to fraudulently claim expenses himself and receive those funds in excess of his lawful authority.

The theft count is a class G felony punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. The misconduct in public office charge is a Class I felony punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than 3 years and 6 months, or both.

A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State. This investigation was conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the request of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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UPDATED Thursday, December 13, 2012 --- 6:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a former Jefferson County drug detective with stealing thousands of dollars by filing fraudulent expense reports.

Timothy Madson faces one count of theft and one count of misconduct in office. He could face up to 13 1/2 years in prison if he's convicted.

According to the state Justice Department, Madson supervised the Jefferson County Drug Task Force from 2003 until late 2011. According to a criminal complaint, he claimed more than $10,000 in questionable expenses from a fund set up to cover controlled drug buys and other incidental task force expenses. Other members of the task force said Madson didn't do any work that would have required reimbursement because he was the supervisor.

Madson's attorney, Michael Witt, didn't immediately return a telephone message early Thursday evening.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 --- 1:22 p.m.

Press Release from the Attorney General's Office:

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Timothy Madson, a former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department sergeant and supervisor of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, has been charged with one felony count of theft and one felony count of misconduct in public office. An initial appearance has been scheduled for January 7, 2013, at 1:15 p.m. in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

According to the Criminal Complaint, Madson served as the supervisor of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force from 2003 until late 2011. During that time, Madson filled out multiple expense reports claiming hundreds of case-related expenses during the course of his employment. As a result of these expense claims, Madson received more than $20,000 in reimbursement from task force funds. Madson’s expense claims were in excess of any claims made by the case officers on the task force. On his expense forms, Madson attributed those expenses to case-related work, but based upon statements from other officers on the task force, Madson was the supervisor and wouldn’t have performed work on cases that required reimbursement. Madson was in charge of disbursing funds from the task force accounts to the investigators and also was responsible for approving expense claims, and therefore was in a position to fraudulently claim expenses himself and receive those funds in excess of his lawful authority.

The theft count is a class G felony, punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. The misconduct in public office charge is a Class I felony, punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than three years and six months, or both.

A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.


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