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Ex-Milwaukee County official charged with taking bribes

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee County official is due in court Tuesday afternoon, after he was charged Monday with taking bribes.

55-year-old Dennis Dietscher of Hales Corners allegedly arranged to have a company perform over $10 million in repairs and restorations to county property.

Prosecutors said that in exchange, the firm of Belfor USA gave Dietscher hunting and fishing trips, lavish dinners, tools, repair work for his own house, and other kickbacks.

Dietscher was arrested in February, after he was reportedly caught having his own roofing firm bill Milwaukee County for work at a park, which was actually tree removals at his father's house in Big Bend.

Dietscher faces 6 felony charges, including two counts of accepting bribes, two counts of misconduct and fraud in public office, and two counts of false swearing.

Media reports said Dietscher played a major role in coordinating millions of dollars of repairs after last summer's Milwaukee County Courthouse fire -- but the new charges are not connected with that work.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)