WAUSAU, Wis. – Marathon County’s snowmobile coordinator told investigators that he stole $25,000 in government money by setting up a bogus company and mailing checks to himself because he hated his boss for failing to do enough to help him save his job, according to court records.
Dave Marg, 45, was charged Monday with six counts of misconduct in office, five counts of theft and one count of misdemeanor attempted theft.
According to the criminal complaint, Marg came under investigation when an employee of the Wausau and Marathon County Parks and Recreation Department suspected that a check had been sent to a fictitious address.
The department discovered that five checks paid to D & L Land Contracting were mailed to an address at property that Marg owned, the complaint said.
“I know the first time I turned in that invoice it was wrong,” Marg told investigators. “But I hated (Parks Director) Bill Duncanson so much for what he’d been doing to me.”
Marg said the future of his job with the agency, which paid $66,000 a year in wages and benefits, had been up in the air for months and Duncanson “never went to bat for me to help save my position.”
Marg also told investigators that he was having financial problems with some rental properties. “I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
Marg, who resigned, was freed on a $50,000 signature bond. The maximum punishment for the charges is 40 years in prison.
Because of budget constraints, Marg’s job was to be merged with that of a park ranger. Marathon County has about 800 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails.