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Construction company employee allegedly outbids employer to get paid privately

Blue Mounds man admits to having customers pay...

MADISON, Wis. - A former Mount Horeb wrestling coach allegedly bid for jobs privately and worked with customers of a construction company, where he was employed, to get paid directly instead of the company getting paid, according to criminal complaint.

Todd Seiler, 49, of Blue Mounds, was charged this week with two counts of theft of a business setting over $10,000.

According to a criminal complaint, the owner of Quality West Construction, in Mount Horeb, said he hired Seiler to be a project manager in October 2011.

Seiler’s job duties included estimating and designing remodeling jobs for potential clients, according to the release. The owner of QWC said in April 2013, Seiler told him a job worth almost $38,000 had fallen through, but Seiler actually completed the work himself and had the customer write payments checks out to him.

In April 2014, the owner of QWC fired Seiler, who then admitted to having customers pay him directly instead of paying the company. The owner of QWC said he found documents on Seilers’ work computer, making him believe Seiler was bidding out work from QWC’s clients and having them pay him privately.

Seiler reportedly resigned as the Mount Horeb High School wrestling coach in early 2014, according to the release.

If convicted, Seiler faces a $25,000 fine, 10 years in prison or both for each count. He will be back in court Sept. 14.

Editor's note: Seiler pleaded guilty in June 2016 to one count of theft from a business of less than $2,500. The second charge, theft from a business of more than $10,000, was dismissed. Seiler was sentenced to one year probation.

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