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Convicted bigamist sentenced for forgery

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) — A convicted bigamist was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on forgery charges, ending a saga that began when he fled before his original sentencing date.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea, of Wausau, was convicted in Calumet County of stealing thousands of dollars from his ex-girlfriend by writing checks on her account. He fled before a Jan. 21 sentencing date but was arrested weeks later in New London.

Daily Herald Media reports Circuit Judge Jeffrey Froehlich said probation wasn’t an option for Swinea, who defrauded a “vulnerable, widowed woman” and showed no remorse.

Swinea could face additional prison time because Marathon County prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to revoke his probation on a bigamy conviction in an unrelated case. A hearing in that case has not been set.

Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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