Warrant issued after bigamist skips court hearing
- Associated Press
- August 28, 2013 - 10:50 AM
CHILTON, Wis. — A warrant has been issued for a convicted bigamist who failed to appear in an eastern Wisconsin courtroom on felony forgery charges.
Tim Swinea, 46, was charged in Calumet County after his former girlfriend told authorities he'd taken thousands of dollars from her business in a check-kiting scheme.
Schoenke told the Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/17gYT4N ) she lost her business, the trust of her friends and neighbors and her self-respect after she fell for what she described as Swinsea's web of "elaborate lies." Schoenke said she hasn't heard from Swinea in months.
"I'm sure he knows he's not going to get any sympathy from me," Schoenke said. "With as much trouble as he's in, though, I have to say I'm surprised he didn't show up."
Swinea was released from the Marathon County Jail on Aug. 1 after serving four months on bigamy charges. Swinea's former wife, Dawn Paglini of Weston, learned that he was also married to a Missouri woman with whom he had three children.
Swinea's wife in Missouri sent police a notarized statement along with a marriage certificate that shows the couple married in 1992 in St. Louis and never divorced. Paglini successfully petitioned the court for an annulment of the couple's marriage.
A Sept. 4 jury trial on the forgery charges has been postponed.
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