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Wausau man who was married to two women out of jail, legal troubles not over

Tim Swinea
Tim Swinea

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau man who was married to two women at the same time is free today.

46-year-old Tim Swinea was put on three years of probation Thursday for a felony bigamy conviction in Marathon County. He was also given a jail sentence that was limited to what he had already served.

Prosecutors said Swinea married Dawn Paglini of Mosinee last August – and she didn’t know he was married at the time to a Missouri woman who had three kids with him.

Authorities said Swinea forged a large check from a day care center Paglini had owned, and deposited it in her personal account – leaving the business with a financial shortfall which forced it to close.

Paglini told the Wausau Daily Herald that Swinea claimed that the deposit was from his Social Security payments – but she said it was one of many lies he told her.

She said her five-year-old day care center had to close last December, leaving 68 kids without care and 21 people without work.

Prosecutors investigated the matter, and there was no word on charges.

Meanwhile, Swinea is still set to go on trial September fourth in Calumet County, where Penny Schoenke of Menasha claimed he stole thousands from her business with in a check-kiting scheme.

Schoenke told the Daily Herald she met Swinea online, and she almost married him.

The Wausau paper also said Swinea fathered a fourth child in Kentucky, and owed that mother $22,000 in back support.