Former head of the Milwaukee police union was arrested today in court and charged with two felonies.
DeBraska, 53, had been the target of a criminal investigation and secret John Doe proceeding into allegations of forgery involving documents in a pension-related lawsuit. A complaint released this morning charges him with misappropriation of entity-identifying information, party to a crime, and forgery, party to a crime. Each count carries a possible maximum sentence of six years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the District Attorney's office, not the Milwaukee Police Department.
DeBraska invoked his 5th Amendment right against possible self-incrimination in open court, said Circuit Judge David Hansher, and refused to answer questions. The retired police detective was then arrested and led out of Hansher's courtroom in handcuffs a short time later.
DeBraska is being booked into the jail and is expect to appear in criminal intake court later today.