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Former Oostburg Village Clerk Sued By Village Attorneys


OOSTBURG, Wis. (WHBL) - A former village clerk-and-treasurer in Sheboygan County is facing new allegations that he stole a million-dollars while in office – in addition to the 109-thousand he was convicted of stealing a few years ago. Village attorneys in Oostburg have filed a civil suit against 55-year-old Kim Simmelink of Sheboygan Falls. He was sentenced to nine months in jail in 2009 for making false payments he gave himself while he handled the village’s finances. Since then, officials discovered that Simmelink created a fake business to embezzle village funds. They called it a systematic pattern of fraud that went back for more than a decade. Oostburg officials are not commenting right now, because they’re waiting to see if new criminal charges will stem from the case. Attorney James Conway said the village does not know where the money went, or how it might have been spent. And they’re not sure how much can be recovered. Simmelink resigned in 2006 after he got caught. He spent 19 years as Oostburg’s clerk-and-treasurer. Simmelink has not responded to the lawsuit yet.