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Former drug detective accused of embezzlement

Published On: Dec 12 2012 04:08:37 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2012 07:24:00 PM CST
Timothy Madson

Timothy Madson

MADISON, Wis. -

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.

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, according to the DOJ.

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

Madson's initial appearance has been scheduled for Jan. 7 in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice said.

Sheriff Paul Milbrath issued a statement saying he has evaluated procedural measures to ensure better accountability and documentation of drug task force funds in the future.

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.

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