School employee convicted of theft
Judge Ray Huber ordered a former accounting specialist with the New London School District to pay more than $108,000 in restitution and court costs.
Wendy L. Swinton, 47, New London, was convicted of felony theft in a business setting.
Judge Raymond Huber placed Swinton on five years of probation. As a condition of probation, Huber sentenced her to six months in jail, then stayed three months of the sentence to be used at the discretion of her probation agent. The judge also granted her work-release privileges.
Swinton was accused of embezzling at least $90,000 from the school district over a five-year period.
According to the criminal complaint, all New London schools placed the cash they collected from game admissions, registration fees and student activities into envelopes and sent them with receipts to the district office.
As the district office received the money, it was placed into a safe.
At the time, only Joe Marquardt, the district’s director of business services, and Swinton had access to the safe.
Among Swinton’s duties, she removed the cash and checks from the safe every Friday, created a spreadsheet and gave the money to another staff member to deposit in the bank.
An investigation was launched in the spring of 2014 when $700 in gate receipts went missing after the UW Marching Band’s visit to the high school.