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FORMER POLICE GROUP HEAD INDICTEDBy Kevin Murphy-Correspondent for The Capital Times

The former head of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association was indicted Wednesday in federal court for mail fraud and embezzlement allegedly involving reimbursement of more than $20,000 in unauthorized expenses.

According to the 37-count indictment:

Stanley J. Kluss, 63, of Crandon, served as executive director of the Madison-based police association from 1986 to 2004. Between October 2000 and February 2004, Kluss defrauded the association by charging personal expenses of $8,879 on association credit cards issued to him and then disguising them as association expenses by cutting the tops and bottoms off the receipts.

Among Kluss' unauthorized expenses were a snowmobile, concert tickets, groceries, condoms, dog food, DVDs and travel to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Kluss had an annual salary of $82,400 and was furnished a vehicle and a Madison apartment by the association. He received reimbursement for entertainment, lodging and mileage expenses when on association business, but he inflated mileage records by 49,000 miles he never drove on the association's behalf, fraudulently receiving $15,000, according to the indictment.

Kluss also received unauthorized cash advances of $1,440 from ATMs in Monona and Crandon, the indictment said.

An internal audit revealed discrepancies in the records Kluss turned in for reimbursement, prompting a Department of Labor investigation, which turned over the case to Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz.

Calls to the police association's offices and Kluss' attorney were not returned before deadline. The association's attorney, Lester Pines, declined comment on the case.

The association represents 11,000 law enforcement officials from about 400 municipalities in Wisconsin and Michigan.

If convicted, Kluss faces maximum penalties of 20 years in prison on each of the 18 mail fraud counts and five years on each of the 19 embezzlement counts.
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