Crime

Man Allegedly Spent Disabled Son’s Trust Fund On Drugs, Porn, Vacations

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Wisconsin man admitted to stealing more than $360,000 from his disabled son’s trust.

Appleton police said Todd D. Laseke, 48, spent thousands of dollars on pornography, drugs and vacations.

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Laseke’s adult son suffered a brain injury as a child that left him mentally disabled, the Post Crescent reports. His family filed a medical malpractice suit against Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette in 1999 and received a $1.37 million settlement.

In 2008, Laseke was awarded guardianship of his son, which meant he was responsible for maintaining the trust and was given $3,000 per month for his own expenses. Laseke was required by law to submit annual accounting reports to the Outagamie County register in probate's office.

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An anonymous letter sent to Probate Registrar Sue Lutz in November 2011 accused Laseke of spending the trust fund on himself and his other children.

A court-ordered review of his bank accounts showed he made several large purchases in a two-year period, including a $29,000 down payment on a house and a $28,614 minivan.

Officials said he also more than $9,000 on child support, court fines and loan payments.

Laseke admitted to spending money on vacations with his son and other children multiple times each year. He also told police he self-medicated with marijuana after a work injury and also used the funds to buy cocaine and a membership to an adult website.

A court commissioner imposed a $100,000 signature bond on Laseke Tuesday.

Sources: Post Crescent, Star Tribune