Haefner sentenced for college embezzlement

Ronald I. Haefner appears in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court in December, when he entered 10 "guilty" pleas.

Six years.

That's how many years Ronald I. Haefner, 55, could spend behind bars after embezzling as much as a half-million dollars from Ripon College over a several year period.

Ripon College’s former director of information technology, who pleaded guilty in December to 10 counts of fraud-related charges, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.

His sentence: six years in prison, with restitution already paid. It's not yet clear how much restitution was made to Ripon College.

Haefner had been facing 64 counts of credit card fraud and theft after allegedly making dozens of unauthorized purchases with college funds, dating back to at least 2009. But 54 of those counts were dismissed and read into the record for sentencing purposes during the December hearing.

For a complete story on this issue, see the April 2, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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