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Judge issues warrant for convicted bigamist

Tim Swinea (Photo by: Wisconsin Department of Corrections)
Tim Swinea (Photo by: Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

CHILTON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in eastern Wisconsin has issued an arrest warrant for a convicted bigamist who skipped out on a court appearance Monday.

46-year-old Tim Swinea of Weston is facing forgery charges in Calumet County, after an ex-girlfriend told officers he took thousands of dollars from her company in a bad-check scheme.

A trial in that case is postponed. It was scheduled to begin next Wednesday in Chilton.

Swinea was released from the Marathon County Jail in Wausau on August 1st. That’s where he served four months for bigamy, after a former wife from Weston learned that he was also married at the time to a Missouri woman who had three of his kids.

Penny Schoenke of Menasha was the victim in the Calumet County case. She told Wausau Daily Herald Media that she met Swinea online – and she almost married him. 

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