UPDATE: Ex-Wis. school worker accused of stealing iPads

UPDATE: A former employee is accused of stealing about $180,000 worth of iPads and other tablet computers from the Random Lake School District.

Mark Ustby

UPDATED Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 3:58 p.m.

RANDOM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A former employee is accused of stealing about $180,000 worth of iPads and other tablet computers from the Random Lake School District.

Thirty-three-year-old Mark Ustby of Milwaukee is charged with two counts of felony theft. He had worked in the district's technology information department.

According to a criminal complaint, Ustby allegedly stole the tablet computers over the past eight months and then sold them online.

Sheboyan Press Media reports district officials told investigators that Ustby abruptly resigned and that they were aware he was having money troubles.

After Ustby resigned, district officials found that hundreds of new and used tablet computers used by students were missing from Ustby's office, along with a laptop computer.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Ustby was expected in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 --- 6:01 p.m.

RANDOM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the theft of more than 500 iPads and other tablet computers from the Random Lake School District.

The Sheboygan County sheriff's office says the items are valued at about $180,000.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office Tuesday, the investigation indicates a school district employee was involved in the theft over a period of time.

The school district reported the theft last week.

District officials say the stolen items were used by students and included new and used equipment. The school district's insurance company has authorized the district to buy replacements.

Superintendent Tom Malmstadt tells Sheboygan Press Media the district is cooperating with the sheriff's office.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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