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Contractor pleads not guilty in theft cases

October 11, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The Minocqua man accused of theft by contractor to the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce and an Arbor Vitae homeowner has pled not guilty to all counts. 

Gerald Stodola, 58, was in Vilas County Circuit Court on Monday morning for his arraignment on charges he kept more than $97,000 from the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce rebuilding project and nearly $50,000 from a private Arbor Vitae couple for a home renovation. 

Stodola is the owner of Stodola Contracting Solutions (GCS) of Hazelhurst. According to the criminal complaint, he used the funds from the Chamber and the homeowner for personal uses, besides payment of labor and materials as agreed to in contract and verbal agreements in late 2018.

Both the Chamber and the couple had to hire others to finish their projects, as well as invest extra money, they noted in testimony at last month’s preliminary hearing where Judge Neal Nielsen found enough probable cause to move towards a trial.

Stodola is represented by Attorney Ben Lucarelli. A pre-trial has been set for November. 

 

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