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Former employee charged for thefts at Southwest Tech

Former employee charged for thefts at Southwest Tech

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POSTED August 10, 2018 12:33 p.m.

FENNIMORE - A former Southwest Tech employee has been charged with one felony and four misdemeanor thefts that occurred while he was still working on the campus.

Michael C. A. Mann, 29, of Fennimore, is alleged to have committed four thefts of money from an instructor’s office in early Oct. 2017. Mann was caught on camera stealing from the instructor’s office on Oct. 13 by the Facilities Director, resulting in his firing, according to the police report.

In January, additional thefts of tools valued at over $4,500 were discovered in the building where Mann had worked. Those thefts are believed to have occurred in either Sept. or Oct. 2017.

The college contacted the Fennimore Police Department, who interviewed Mann on July 21. According to the police complaint, Mann admitted during that interview to taking some tools and cash from a desk.

The felony theft is a class I charge, carrying a maximum penalty of a fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of 3-1/2 years. The other thefts are class A misdemeanor charges, each carrying maximum penalties of a fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of nine months.

Mann is scheduled make his initial appearance in Grant County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.

Mann is also scheduled to appear in Grant County court Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a pre-trial status conference on a class I felony charge of possession of narcotic drugs stemming from a June 19 incident. He is scheduled to appear in Iowa County court on Tuesday, Aug. 14 for class A misdemeanor bail jumping, class U misdemeanor tampering with an ignition locking device, and class U misdemeanor operating while revoked.

UPDATED 08-13-18 at 11:50 a.m. to correct date of Mann's interview by the Fennimore Police Department.

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