Thursday, August 29, 2013

Medical examiner rules suicide in death of guardian accused of stealing from clients

APPLETON — A former Appleton guardian accused of stealing about $500,000 from his elderly and disabled clients committed suicide Wednesday morning, according to Calumet County authorities.

Medical Examiner Mike Klaeser declared Jeffrey Schend, 46, dead from hanging at the home, 501 Mitchell Ave., which is listed as Schend’s address on court records. Appleton police Sgt. Dave Lund said officers were called to Schend’s home about 4:30 a.m.

Schend was charged in Outagamie County with 15 felony theft counts and 12 misdemeanor counts of falsifying accounting records. His was scheduled to appear in court for a status conference at 11 a.m. Nov. 12.

Guardians are appointed by courts to oversee assets when it is determined that individuals are unable to manage their finances. The investigation of Schend began after Outagamie County officials received complaints in late 2010 that bills weren’t being paid.

Following a series of exclusive Post-Crescent Media reports, prosecutors hired a forensic accountant to comb through Schend’s finances. The accountant found his expenses significantly exceeded his income with spending that included vacations, yacht club costs and limousine rentals, according to the criminal complaint.

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Medical examiner rules suicide in death of guardian accused of stealing from clients

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StandUp said...

I am sorry for his family.

Anonymous said...

Justice has been turned over to God. I don't believe any of Schend's victims would have wanted this end for him.

Maureen said...

Very sad what he did to his victims and what he did to himself.........

Betty said...

Looks like he made his own punishment. I agree with Anonymous that none of the victims would have wished for his death no matter how egregious his crime.

Jose said...

Just think, his life would have been so different had he not succumbed to greed.

Finny said...

It's a shame he won't be there to hear of his conviction. I too feel for his family at this time.