Charges: Former Golden Valley Employee Stole From City

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) – The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has charged a former employee of the City of Golden Valley with three felonies, including theft by swindle, theft of public funds and failure to pay over state funds, according to the city’s web site.

Courtney Allyn Olson was also charged with two gross misdemeanor counts of misconduct of a public officer or employee. She was arrested March 28 and released March 31 pending an investigation. Olson was an employee with the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles division.

The city’s DMV closed on April 1 in response to Olson’s alleged theft and procedural violations. The city also hired an independent auditor to review policies, procedures and internal controls. Changes were recommended to prevent the theft and mishandling of funds and have already been implemented.

The city is currently seeking DVS authorization to reopen its office as soon as possible.


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