UPDATE: Convicted Wisconsin bigamist sentenced for forgery

UPDATED Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 11:37 p.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) -- A convicted bigamist was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on forgery charges, ending a saga that began when he fled before his original sentencing date.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea, of Wausau, was convicted in Calumet County of stealing thousands of dollars from his ex-girlfriend by writing checks on her account. He fled before a Jan. 21 sentencing date but was arrested weeks later in New London.

Daily Herald Media reports Circuit Judge Jeffrey Froehlich said probation wasn't an option for Swinea, who defrauded a "vulnerable, widowed woman" and showed no remorse.

Swinea could face additional prison time because Marathon County prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to revoke his probation on a bigamy conviction in an unrelated case. A hearing in that case has not been set.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 8:45 a.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) -- A convicted bigamist has been arrested in New London after failing to show up to a sentencing hearing last month.

New London Police Chief Jeffrey A. Schlueter tells the Daily Herald Media 46-year-old Tim Swinea was arrested in New London Sunday on two warrants.

A Calumet County warrant was issued for Swinea's arrest after he failed to appear for sentencing Jan. 21. He faces a felony forgery conviction related to an alleged check-kiting scheme.

Calumet County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Froehlich revoked Swinea's bond Monday until sentencing and scheduled the sentencing hearing for March 31.

The Department of Corrections also issued an arrest warrant for Swinea in November, after Swinea allegedly violated the terms of his probation relating to a felony bigamy conviction in Marathon County.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, August 28, 2013 --- 10:09 a.m.

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) -- A nationwide warrant has been issued for a convicted bigamist who failed to appear in Calumet County Circuit Court on felony forgery charges.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea is charged in Calumet County after his former girlfriend told authorities he had taken thousands of dollars from her business in a check-kiting scheme.

Swinea was released from the Marathon County Jail Aug. 1 after serving four months on bigamy charges. Swinea's former wife, Dawn Paglini of Weston, learned that he was also married to a Missouri woman with whom he had three children.

The Daily Herald Media says a jury trial on the forgery charges scheduled for Sept. 4 has been postponed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Friday, August 2, 2013 --- 9:56 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Wausau man who spent time behind bars for bigamy is out of jail.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea was sentenced to time already served when he appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Thursday. Judge Mike Moran also ordered Swinea to serve three years of probation. The Mosinee women who married Swinea without knowing he was already married, Dawn Paglini, says probation isn't enough for the pain Swinea caused her and her family.

The Daily Herald Media says Swinea is also accused of felony forgery charges in Calumet County. A former girlfriend told authorities Swinea stole thousands of dollars from her business in check-kiting scheme. A trial is set to begin Sept. 4.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 --- 9:00 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Mosinee man is accused of bigamy after his wife of seven months told police he already was married.

Forty-five-year-old Timothy Swinea is charged with three felonies -- bigamy, bail jumping and making a false statement on a marriage license.

According to the complaint, a 48-year-old Weston woman who married Swinea in August contacted police in December to report that Swinea forged a check from her business. Swinea was on probation for a 2012 theft conviction.

The Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/XqG7yD) reports the woman told police she contacted Swinea's ex-wife, who lives in Missouri, and learned Swinea had never gotten a divorce. Swinea's first wife sent police a marriage certificate that shows she married Swinea in 1992 in St. Louis and never divorced.

Swinea is due in court April 1.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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