By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - A former Marinette Police Department officer has been charged in a misdemeanor complaint alleging that he forged and cashed department checks to support his gambling addiction.
Ryan R. Ilse, 39, faces two misdemeanor counts of theft by fraud-less than $2,500.
A court date has not yet been scheduled.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Defort will be acting as special prosecutor in the case.
Van Hollen said that if convicted, Ilse could spend up to nine months in jail for each count.
The charges stem from two incidents that occurred on Dec. 9 in Marinette County.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Ilse is accused of taking a Marinette Police Department checkbook and writing two checks for cash: one for $180 at Curry's IGA Foods in Marinette and one for $300 at Brown's Corner in Peshtigo, Wis.
Ilse is accused of forging Marinette City Attorney Jon Sbar's signature on both checks.
The complaint further alleges that Ilse told Marinette Police Chief John Mabry about the incidents on Dec. 11.
Ilse told Mabry that he had stolen the checks and an additional amount of cash from the department in order to support his gambling addiction, the complaint stated.
Van Hollen noted that a criminal complaint is a document that makes allegations of criminal conduct. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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