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Prosecution of Wisconsin misbehaving police officer costing taxpayers thousands

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The legal case of an ex-police officer is costing taxpayers thousands — and the bill may be going up.

Renee Dubinski, a former police officer for the Neenah Police Department in Wisconsin, was suspended and later fired after the local police commission determined she violated department policy by maintaining a relationship with a man who had a reputation for involvement in criminal behavior, according to the Post-Crescent newspaper.

From April 2013 through March 2014, taxpayers were charged $184,000 for outside legal fees, salaries and benefits in accordance with her case.

Between her suspension in September 2012 until her firing in June 2013, Dubinski was paid almost $53,000 in wages and benefits.

The man she was involved with was charged nine months after her firing with six felonies and two misdemeanors for trafficking serious.

Dubinski also disobeyed a confidentiality order and lied about three issues during an internal investigation, according to the Post-Crescent review.

Dubinski, who also goes by her maiden name, Renee Porter, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, claiming racial discrimination contributed to her firing.

She seeks $300,000 in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages.

The city's defense in the federal case is expected to rack up even more expenses for taxpayers, the Post-Crescent reports.

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