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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 10, 2015

Former Sun Prairie Official Sentenced For Stealing Computer Equipment

MADISON, WIS. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Randall J. Tyler, 52, Sun Prairie, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to two years in federal prison for stealing and converting more than $500,000 worth of computer components from the City of Sun Prairie while acting as the city’s Information Technology Director.   This sentence will be served without the possibility of parole.    

Judge Conley directed Tyler to repay the City of Sun Prairie the full value of the computer components stolen ($529,736.29), and to fully reimburse the city for expenses incurred while cooperating with the investigation and prosecution ($63,364.09).  Of the amount owed, Tyler has already liquidated his home and retirement accounts to repay the city $473,688.50.  

U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “A democracy is based on the citizens’ trust of their government, and Tyler’s crimes and deceit violated that trust.  Maintenance of public trust requires that those who violate that trust are held fully accountable.  Tyler’s two-year prison sentence, and the disgorgement of his ill-gotten gains, both rebuilds that trust and serves as a strong deterrent to those who would violate the public’s trust.”

U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil noted that the charge against Tyler is the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Sun Prairie Police Department, with the full cooperation of the City of Sun Prairie.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.

Updated July 14, 2015