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Tangled web: A tale of deception and fraud (video)

11:07 AM, Jun. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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Reporter Shereen Skola began to investigate the background of Tim Swinea after he was implicated in the sudden closure of a Wausau-area day care center in December. She uncovered a history of elaborate deceptions and multiple reported victims. In this three-day series, Skola documents the accusations against Swinea and the shattered lives he's left behind.

One part of the story will be posted each day beginning Saturday evening, June 22, through Monday evening, June 24.

Part 1: Penny Schoenke of Menasha tells the story of how a relationship with a man she met online started as a dream come true but evolved into a nightmare.

Part 2: Schoenke's life takes a harrowing turn as Swinea convinces her that she and her children are in danger and persuades them to flee with him to Texas and Oklahoma to seek the protection of federal agents.

Part 3: Swinea's criminal history in Wisconsin starts 16 years ago in Wausau and is far from over.

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