Ex-school district worker charged in software purchase

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
— The former information technology manager for the Janesville School District has appeared in Rock County Court but has not yet been arrested.

His court appearance Monday surprised Janesville police, who as of Tuesday morning thought they still were looking for Brandon M. Keirns, 31, Milwaukee.

Keirns made his initial court appearance with attorney Trish Arreazola. He was released on a signature bond until his next hearing Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Although hes been court, Keirns as of Tuesday had not yet been photographed and fingerprinted at the police department, Lt. Tim Hiers said.

Keirns was wanted on suspicion of buying $215,000 worth of computer software from companies he or his friend owned. He is charged with two felony counts of being a public employee entering into a contract with private interests. State statutes prohibit public employees from arranging contracts for their employer that benefit themselves.

Keirns is accused of transferring money the school district paid the companies into his personal bank account and using some money to buy a condo.

Janesville police announced to the public last week that Keirns was wanted on an arrest warrant and that police were looking for him in the Milwaukee area.

Keirns, who was hired in December 2007, resigned in November 2008 after a computer virus crippled school district computers for weeks.

If convicted, Keirns faces a maximum of three years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine for each charge.

Last updated: 12:02 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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