Trial date set for UWM embezzlement case

According to the UWM Post, a trial date has been set for former UWM Student Association President Russell Rueden. The Post previously reported that Mr. Rueden was accused of embezzling $10,000 from UWM. Apparently former Sandburg Halls [the UWM dormitories] Administrative Council President Matt Franson wrote the check to Rueden’s advertising firm, AcerPrudens. (Is that clever anagram for “Ruedens Ace P.R.,” or “Super Dancer”?) Mr. Rueden served at the time as Speaker of the Senate for the Student Association (SA). He was suspended from his duties and later removed from the SA.

Reudens has since been charged with three counts of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft. An article published in late May 2008 in the Gannet-owned Oshkosh Northwestern said that “there’s a proposal in place to plea the case down to a single misdemeanor theft charge,” and that “a plea hearing and sentencing are set for next month,” which would be this month of June. The AP similarly reported that there was a plea deal was in the works. But according to a Post story that ran on June 20, the plea deal has not been worked out, leading to the scheduling of the final pre-trial hearing for 8:30AM on July 25.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.