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Racine County Sheriff's Deputy under investigation after money goes missing from dead body

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Money went missing from a dead body in Racine and a Sheriff's Deputy is accused of lying about it.

The Walworth County District Attorney says he's acting as a special prosecutor on the case against the Racine County Deputy.

The letter addressed to Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson and Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says the lieutenant was questioned after a significant amount of money went missing from a  dead body.

The lieutenant denied stealing money but the letter says the lieutenant was "untruthful" about who he spoke to, where he was, and who handled the money at that scene.

"I just want justice," said James Barker who received the DA's letter.

The Walworth County Assistant District Attorney sent the letter to James Barker too.

"I just received that Friday by email, wasn't expecting it," Barker said.

ADA Haley Johnson says she reached out to Barker because the lieutenant in question is a potential witness in his separate criminal case. 

Barker is trying to get the case dismissed on the grounds that the lieutenant served a fake search warrant.

"Wisconsin statute 137.01, section 4, states all documents must have a notary seal, none of them had a notary seal," Barker said.

Barker says he tried to file a subpoena for the lieutenant and was told he is on administrative leave.

CBS 58 News has made multiple attempts to reach out to the Racine County Sheriff's Office but has not heard back.


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