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Former Woodmohr board member sentenced after cutting down trees, selling wood without permission

cOURT GAVEL

Chippewa County (WQOW) - A former Woodmohr Town Board member charged with misconduct in office is sentenced to restitution after allegedly selling trees he cut down in the town without permission.

John Seibel from Bloomer was charged in Chippewa County Court in January with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of theft.

The charges stem from a 2017 investigation by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office.

A DNR forest ranger told investigators he estimates nearly 4,000 board feet were harvested from town trees.

Court documents also show he billed the Town of Woodmoor for the work.

According to the criminal complaint, residents report hearing Seibel say he was cutting down the trees for profit.

Seibel pleaded no contest Tuesday in court. The judge ordered he pay restitution but how much he'll have to pay is unknown. A restitution hearing will be scheduled.


Chippewa County (WQOW) - A former Woodmohr Town Board member is charged with misconduct in office after allegedly selling trees he cut down in the town without permission.

John Seibel from Bloomer is charged in Chippewa County Court.

The charges stem from a 2017 investigation by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office.

A DNR forest ranger told investigators he estimates nearly 4,000 board feet were harvested from town trees.

Court documents also show he billed the Town of Woodmoor for the work.

According to the criminal complaint, residents report hearing Seibel say he was cutting down the trees for profit.

He's now charged with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of theft. He makes his initial appearance in February.

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