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Retired probation officer charged with stealing from inmates

REWEY, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A retired state probation officer from Grant County is due in court Monday, after being charged with 67 criminal counts for stealing money from criminals she supervised.

56-year-old Sherry Buswell of Rewey is accused of taking over $4,000 from 21 victims last summer. The charges are for theft and misconduct. Twenty-one of the 67 counts are felonies.

Officials said a co-worker found inconsistencies when reviewing Buswell’s cases – and offenders later began questioning the amounts of supervision fees they owed. W-I-S-C T-V in Madison said a special prosecutor from Richland County was assigned to the case, and found no more inconsistencies than what the original probe turned up. The station said a motive has not been disclosed, and the judge in the case might have to withdraw to avoid a conflict-of-interest.

Buswell was put on administrative leave when the inconsistencies first came to light. She retired in January after 16 years at the Lancaster probation-and-parole office.