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Two ex-street officials in Lake Geneva charged with embezzlement, misconduct

ELKHORN, WI (WTAQ) - Two former street officials in Lake Geneva are free on signature bonds, after appearing in court Tuesday on embezzlement and misconduct charges.

Ex-street superintendent Ronald Carstensen is accused of giving away $25,000 in city-owned road salt and sand to private companies. He also allegedly pocketed a sales tax refund that was supposed to go to the city.

Ex-street foreman Donald Hoeft Jr. allegedly failed to give the city revenues from oil and scrap metal recycling, and sending employees on personal scrap metal trips on taxpayers' time.

The 55-year-old Carstensen is charged with 8 counts that include embezzlement and misconduct in public office. The 54-year-old Hoeft faces 6 charges.

Both are due back in Walworth County Circuit Court on September 5th, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order trials on their felony charges.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)