Police Investigating Possible Fraud at Shorewood Intermediate School

Chief David Banaszynski confirmed Tuesday there is a police investigation ongoing; one source says the fraud is in excess of $50,000.

Shorewood police are investigating possible fraud or embezzlement of funds from .

Police Chief David Banaszynski denied an open records request filed a couple weeks ago by Shorewood Patch, but confirmed Tuesday there is an active investigation into possible fraud within the district.

Banaszynski declined to comment further. 

A source said the alleged fraud is in excess of $50,000, however, police and school officials would not confirm that figure. The source said the case was initially reported to the local middle school and other school officials last spring.

Another source with knowledge of the situation said there was fraud, but that it is no longer taking place, and all information has been turned over to police.

Shorewood Superintendent Blane McCann declined to comment Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation.

In response to Patch's request to inspect police records, Banaszysnksi cited a state statue that “prohibits release of such records or information relating to the current investigation of a possible crime offense or misconduct with employment by an employee prior to disposition of the investigation."

He also cited a 2002 state Supreme Court case that outlined the public policy of maintaining confidentiality of police records during an ongoing investigation.

He also added the release of any records would compromise the department's investigation.

Suzanna March 07, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Donny, why don't you worry about Grafton -- your community -- and let those of us who live in Shorewood, worry about Shorewood?
EmpthyCursed March 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Yikes. Whats going on?
Vicki Bennett March 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM
How on earth did you make the connection between embezzlement and the union? The likelihood that someone in the union having access to that sum of money at a school is very slim. Handling that sum of money is more along the lines of an administrator's or business manager's responsibility. As the _Wizard of Oz_ song goes, "If you only had a brain."
CowDung March 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Vicki: Are you capable of making a post that does not include rude comments about people? In the past you have claimed that posters that use their own name will actually write thoughtful remarks without offending others--please try to live up to that standard.
SamanthaJones March 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Who was involved and what happened will eventually become public. How about waiting for that instead of casting blame to any party with no basis or foundation in fact?
The Donny Show March 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Why do you think I live in Grafton? I was not aware that only Shorewood residents were allowed to read/comment here. Is that the case?
Margaret Schmidt March 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Margaret Schmidt March 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This happens everywhere. The union affiliation or presence is irrelevant.
The Donny Show March 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
What does this have to do with anything? Embezzlement does happen everywhere. I dont disagree. AGAIN ALL I STATED WAS A UNION CONTROLLED SCHOOL SUFFERRED EMBEZZLEMENT.
Margaret Schmidt March 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I will not disuss my salary and benefits to you, nor in a public forum. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on or speculate about the internal investigation, given that I work for the district. It's an unfortunate situation. However, I prefer to look for the positive. Check out this link Donnie. The students at SHS & SIS learned about Rachel's Challenge yesterday. One of her challenges is to look for the good & praise it, and another is to be kind. Enjoy. http://www.rachelschallenge.org/
The Donny Show March 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Margaret there is no need for a discussion. They are public record. Are you ashamed of what you "earn"? I do agree it is very unfortunate. Thank you for the link. It appers to be a noble cause. Maybe some of the stolen money from SIS will be donated there.
Bradford Johnson March 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
WOW, I thought I was on my Facebook page for minute with all the personal attacks.
Rolando Peabody March 08, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The Donny Show lives with his mother in Grafton. He used to live in Shorewood. Living with his mom gives him the free time he needs to troll Patch. He needs to get a job. Anybody got a job for Donny?
The Donny Show March 08, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Where does Grafton come from? Seriously I would like to know. I have never lived there. I have a job. In fact I own my very own business. I have never stolen a loan from Shorewood (hear that Keith?). My mother is deceased. I do not live with her. That would be weird.
Rolando Peabody March 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Hey Donnie, I am not sure that reselling your comic books when you are done with them qualifies as "Owning your own business", but I'll bet that works pretty good on the on-line dating services you troll.
Alicia March 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I agree, Vicki. In fact, I think it would have to be at the district level--in what budget category would the middle school have access to that kind of money? Most purchases have to go through the district office, as well as paychecks, food service, etc. Could this be another "hit" on the middle school? Remember a few years ago the students had to put in more hours to make up for a "mistake." Wasn't that mistake actually made at the district level?
The Donny Show March 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Rolando, I thank you for all your attention. I have noticed that each of your posts yesterday was directly related to me. I am flattered that I mean so much to you. Carry on.


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