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Corrections worker charged with theft-related felonies

Courtesy of Dane County Jail Courtesy of Dane County Jail

MADISON (WKOW) -- A state department of corrections worker has been charged with eight felony crimes, after authorities say he used a state credit card and purchase orders to steal more than $27,000 in cash and equipment.

43-year old James Hoey is scheduled to appear in Dane County court Thursday.

Court records say Hoey purchased cameras and other equipment at inflated prices through companies he owned or created, and never delivered the purchased materials to the state, nor properly accounted for the purchases.

Records show Corrections financial manager Stacey Royston reviewed some of Hoey's transactions.

"Royston...stated the price DOC paid for..cameras were alarming," a criminal complaint against Hoey states.

The complaint says one purchased camera was advertised on at $450, but a state invoice prepared by Hoey shows the state paid $900 for the same item.

Court records also show Hoey's state supervisor signed off on all Hoey's purchases, even though state officials say Hoey took the unusual step of doing procurement without using the VendorNet portal state workers use for the vast majority of state purchases.

The criminal complaint also says workers who were listed by Hoey on requisition forms as asking for equipment, told investigators they never made the requests.

A woman at Hoey's Sun Prairie home told a 27 News reporter Hoey was unavailable.

Online data records list Hoey as a state technical services worker, with an annual salary of $60,400, and a hire date as a state employee in 2005.

In April, reported Hoey resigned his state position earlier this year. Corrections spokesperson Joy Staab tells 27 News she had no information Wednesday on Hoey's employment status.

Records state Hoey's fraudulent transactions spanned nearly a year, beginning in March 2012.


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