By Shereen Siewert
A former Marathon County Tavern League board member is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the organization’s operating fund, according to an attorney representing the group.
Attorney Dale Eaton said one former member is currently under investigation by local police after financial irregularities suggested league funds were being used for individual use.
The former board member was voted off the board on July 24, Eaton said, after which the alleged irregularities came to light.
“Those allegations have resulted in the Marathon County Tavern League seeking assistance of local authorities, as well as retaining legal counsel for the zealous protection of the interests of its large membership,” Eaton said.
Members of the league were updated on the situation during a special meeting Oct. 7.
Eaton said the funds were allegedly diverted from the league’s general account. The Marathon County Tavern League, which comprises 98 businesses, is a member of the State of Wisconsin Tavern League. The local organization’s general fund, from which the alleged funds were taken, is independent of the state league.
A forensic financial review is underway, the results of which will be forwarded to the Marathon County District Attorney. Official charges, while expected, have not yet been filed.