Former school district manager appears in court

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Ted Sullivan
Thursday, November 19, 2009
— The former Janesville School District information technology manager suspected of organizing a scheme to profit from district purchases is expected to appear in Rock County Court in January for a preliminary hearing.

Brandon M. Keirns, 31, Milwaukee, is accused of buying $215,000 worth of computer software from companies he or his friend owned.

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.

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 appeared in Rock County Court on Wednesday for an initial appearance. He appeared in court with his attorney, Trish Arreazola.

Keirns remains free on a signature bond. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 12.

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: 11:55 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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