JUNEAU — A 54-year-old Mayville man faces charges after his wife alerted authorities to her suspicions that he had items from the people he supervised as a state Department of Corrections probation and parole officer.
Joey Chiarello has been charged in Dodge County Circuit Court with a felony count of misconduct in office/failure to perform known duties and a misdemeanor count of theft. He could face up to four years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of both charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Chiarello, a senior probation and parole agent in the Probation and Parole office in West Bend, was investigated by Department of Corrections for theft in January. Chiarello’s wife had found a plastic bag while she was cleaning that indicated it had belonged to one of the people who were on probation or parole. The items were taken to the Probation and Parole office in West Bend after the discovery.
A Dodge County Sheriff’s Office deputy met with Chiarello’s wife. According to the criminal complaint, the woman showed the deputy some DOC paperwork that she had also found at the home.
Chiarello was interviewed as well. He allegedly said that he may had made a mistake and moved the items to his Mayville residence when he was transferring from the Milwaukee Probation and Parole office to the West Bend office. However he eventually admitted that he took the paperwork home because he was falling behind in his work and wanted to hide it from his supervisors. Several items were located at Chiarello’s home including several Department of Corrections checks in different amounts ranging from 52 cents to $500 (with a total amount of $2,322). Most of the checks were from 2005-06.
Chiarello has an initial hearing scheduled March 18.