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Wisconsin taxpayers must pay up after lawyer uses political connections to get job

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Wisconsin taxpayers shelled out $346,000 to settle claims that a lawyer improperly used his political connections to get a state job.

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A state hearing examiner ruled last year that the Workforce Development agent broke numerous policies in hiring Daniel LaRocque as the state's unemployment insurance attorney.

As a result, internal candidate Jorge Fuentes won $300,000 and a pay raise. And administrative law judge Robert Junceau won $24,000 plus back pay.

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