Judge orders competency exam in copper thefts
JANESVILLE--A Janesville man accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of copper pipe from his employer has been ordered to undergo a psychological exam.
Rock County Judge James Daley on Thursday ordered a competency exam for Steven R. Stoikes, formerly of 4012 Ingram Drive, Janesville. Stoikes is living in a veterans home in King and is being treated for brain damage caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, defense attorney Walt Isaacson said.
“He has a memory, but it doesn’t last long at all,” Isaacson said about Stoikes’ condition.
Stoikes, 43, is charged with five counts of felony theft. He is accused of using his position as a general manager at Butters-Fetting, 2627 County O in the town of La Prairie, to order materials he then sold to recycling facilities, according to the criminal complaint filed in early December.
Stoikes was $3.22 million in the hole at Ho Chunk Gaming, according to the criminal complaint.
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