JUNEAU – A 44-year-old Oconomowoc man was placed on two years of probation after pleading no contest to charges of taking a woman’s prescription medication
Thomas M. DeRuso, N823 Amanda St., unit 2, was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of an illegally obtained drug and misdemeanor theft of moveable property.
He was given a deferred prosecution agreement for a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. A charge of possession of narcotic drugs was dismissed but read into the record.
The judge imposed and stayed 60 days of conditional jail time with Huber and transfer privileges.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman called officers on Oct. 17 because she believed that DeRuso was stealing her medications while he was staying with her and her husband. Approximately 19 Oxycontin and 54 oxycodone pills had gone missing from her medications since Oct. 9. There were also several Alprazolam missing, but officers were unable to come up with an accurate estimate of how many.
The complaint states DeRuso admitted to officers that he had taken pills from the woman’s purse when she was out of the room.
He must undergo an AODA assessment and follow through with any resulting recommendations. He must maintain absolute sobriety. He may not use, possess or control any controlled substances without a valid prescription, and he must use them in accordance with the directions. He must pay $622 in fines and court costs.