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“Either that’s the longest theft in all of mankind or there’s more to be looked at here,” the judge said.
Kloch had scheduled a December hearing to listen to arguments on Personius’ claims, but that hearing was adjourned and no new date was set.
The indictment charges that, beginning in 2001, Richards engaged in a scheme to steal goods and use town resources for his own personal benefit. Among the claims are allegations that he directed town employees to pick up and deliver property to his personal business, clean a clogged drain at his personal business, and connect a storm drain, at a residential rental property he owns, to a state storm water line.
Investigators charge that all of that work involved the use of town equipment and employees who were working on town time.
Richards is also accused of stealing numerous industrial supplies belonging to the town, including paint, a drill, and drain cleaner. He is also accused of taking a shotgun from the town police department.
Kloch released Richards on his own recognizance. He faces a maximum of two and 1/3 to seven years in state prison if convicted of the highest charges in the indictment.