FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WHBL) - A former Fond du Lac city official is waiting to find out when he’ll be sentenced, after a jury convicted him of running a 240-thousand-dollar embezzlement scheme. The jury found 65-year-old Mark Beveridge guilty of 17 criminal charges and innocent of eight others. Beveridge used to be in charge of the Fond du Lac city government’s computer systems. Prosecutors said he gave his password to others in the Management Information Systems department. And they used it to buy personal electronics and musical equipment – even a kangaroo outfit for a child. Defense lawyer Michael O’Rourke said authorities found only about two-thousand dollars of the stolen items in Beveridge’s home. O’Rourke said his client was a “lousy manager” who should have been fired – but he didn’t do anything criminal, unlike others in his department. Three of Beveridge’s ex-employees were sentenced to up to three years’ in jail plus probation – Jon Lippert, Jason Wianecki, and Ken Moran. Milwaukee vendor Emil Devcic was also convicted as part of the scheme. Officials said Lippert stole the most, around 110-thousand dollars.
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