Business manager allegedly stole $105K from company
Suspect cites drug addiction as motivation for thefts

Brian Huber - Freeman Staff

Dec. 20, 2014

WAUKESHA — A Milwaukee man who allegedly stole $105,000 from his New Berlin employer over a two-year period spent the money on pain pills, bills and gambling, according to a criminal complaint against him.

Dennis Tadeyeske, 50, was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of forgery, one count of theft in a business setting, and four counts of unauthorized use of an entity’s identity. He faces up to 42 years in prison if convicted.

According to the complaint against him, the owners of Wisconsin Tool and Stamptech in New Berlin discovered in July that Tadeyeske, who had been the business manager there since 1998, was behind four fraudulent checks worth a total of $2,988, made out to “petty cash” and forged in another employee’s name.

Upon making that discovery, a full audit of the finances was done, which revealed that a Speedway gas card had been used 78 times in two months for a total of $5,984, a Kwik Trip card had been used 89 times in 13 months for a loss of $46,889, and a Citgo card had been used 13 times in four days for a loss of $1,015, the complaint said.

At least 14 other fraudulent checks were written out in the previous six months, as well, the complaint added. In addition, Tadeyeske allegedly claimed $5,866 in overtime he wasn’t entitled to. Finally, the company discovered its Office Depot card had been used to rack up $35,934 in 57 unauthorized charges since 2012, with many of the purchases being prepaid gift cards, the complaint said.

Tadeyeske told police the money went toward personal bills and a pain pill addiction and that he gambled with some of the money he stole, the complaint said.

Tadeyeske was ordered to appear in court Jan. 5.