Former UW-Oshkosh administrators fined in misconduct case

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OSHKOSH, Wis. — Two former administrators of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh have pleaded guilty to felony misconduct in connection with a financial scandal involving five building projects.

Former Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor Tom Sonnleitner pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count each of misconduct in office. Wells and Sonnleitner entered their pleas as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the judge approved the pleas and dismissed four other counts against each defendant.

Each defendant was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine plus more than $70,000 in restitution. Wells and Sonnleitner apologized in court for their actions.