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Governor signs misconduct bill prompted by Eau Claire County embezzlement

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Madison (WQOW) - Governor Tony Evers signed six bipartisan bills into law, including one prompted by an Eau Claire County embezzlement case.

Former treasurer Larry Lokken and deputy treasurer Kay Onarheim are in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from the county.

They were ordered to pay nearly $700,000 in restitution.

However, under previous state law, none can come from a person's state pension fund.

Under the new law, a judge can order the retirement system to withhold money if the crime is a felony, involves theft and misconduct in a public office and the crime resulted in a loss to the employer.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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