JUNEAU – The former caretaker of a Beaver Dam apartment complex has been placed on two years of probation after pleading no contest to amended charges of three counts of misdemeanor theft of moveable property under $2,500.

John P. Ranz, 49, Hospitality House, Madison, was charged with taking more than $6,000 in rent that he did not forward to the building owners.

As part of his probation, he must serve 20 days in jail with Huber and transfer privileges to commence on Feb. 22. The judge sentenced him to 80 additional days to commence on Oct. 20, 2014, unless the restitution has been paid in full. He is to pay $6,646 in restitution.

According to the complaint, police received a call from one of the owners of the Lakeshore Apartment Complex, who told officers that the caretaker of the apartment complex had been collecting rents, but failing to turn them over to the owners of the building.

The owner stated that typically the tenants would turn their rent over to Ranz. Ranz would then make a record of the payment in a detailed spreadsheet. He would send the payments and the spreadsheet to the owners of the building once a week.

The complaint states that some of the spreadsheets in July showed substantial differences between the payments tenants had made and the amount of money the owners had received.

According to the complaint, Ranz told officers that he had been the manager of the apartments for approximately a year-and-a-half.

He said he had taken the money to buy illegal Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone.

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