A former guardian accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from elderly and disabled clients said a boat, car and about $1,000 he can no longer access are his only assets.
A court commissioner, however, said Thursday she needed more proof before determining whether Outagamie County would pay up front for an attorney to represent Jeffrey M. Schend on seven theft charges.
"I guess I'm not convinced this is a full accounting," Court Commissioner Maureen Roberts Budiac told Schend, 44, during a hearing to determine whether the county should pay for his attorney.
Schend was charged this month with six felony counts of theft and a misdemeanor after he was unable to account for about $500,000 in transactions from his clients' accounts. He didn't qualify for a free public defender, but says he can't afford to hire a lawyer.
Investigators have said they continue to pore over the records of Schend's clients.
He remains in jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He'll appear in court June 15 for a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will have to show evidence is sufficient to maintain the felony charges.
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