HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 57-year-old man who was the treasurer of a Twin Cities ice skating club is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from the club for his personal use, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County District Court.

John Paul Rodrigues of Eagan was charged with two felony counts of aggravated theft in connection with the case.

According to a criminal complaint, a board member of a non-profit ice skating club in Minneapolis told police on Dec. 14, 2009, that Rodrigues had been taking the club’s money without the club’s knowledge or permission for his personal use.

The board member said Rodrigues had been avoiding requests to verify the club’s finances, and when he did, a balance that should have been close to $25,000 was at about $300, according to the complaint.

In meetings that followed, Rodrigues admitted to board members with the club that he owed the club money and thought it was about $25,000, but asked the club to check financial records and let him know how much he owed, the complaint states. Rodrigues was not cooperative in providing the club financial records that he had.

Rodrigues took over as treasurer of the club in August of 2004 and resigned from the position on Nov. 4, 2010, after he was confronted about the missing money, according to the complaint. He had sole access to the club’s bank account and an ATM card associated with the account.

A review of the account from January 2005 to October 2009 showed several cash withdrawals totaling more than $119,000. He allegedly took the money out of a bank near his Eagan home, the complaint states.

Further investigation showed that about $157,500 in cash withdrawals was unaccounted for. The investigation showed he allegedly transferred more than $25,000 from the club to his personal account from May 1 to Oct. 31 of 2009. It also revealed transfers totaling more than $32,000 from the club’s account to his personal account from Nov. 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

If convicted, Rodrigues faces up to 20 years in prison and/or $40,000 in fines.

Comments (12)
  1. The Architect says:

    Death. He must be made to forfeit his life for his crimes. This is unacceptable. You may not take that which is not yours, sir!

    1. Blah blah says:

      The Architect and Les Johnson. What a pair.

    2. Todd W. Olson says:

      What’s the minimum amount of theft that you recommend for death? $100 $5? $1? I know you’ve already stated that you don’t think stealing office supplies counts. Where do we draw the line? I want to make sure I understand.

      1. The Architect says:

        Todd, maybe the question should be where do YOU draw the line?

        1. Todd W. Olson says:

          I draw it at homicide and high treason. Depriving someone of his personal liberty is a commensurate punishment for felony theft. Executing thieves would be terrible public policy.

  2. Jim S. says:

    20 years. He should have driven drunk and run over a loved one of someone who belonged to the club, or burgled one of their homes and beat someone nearly to death, or mugged someone, or clubbed someone in the head in the park, or threatened someone’s life b/c they complained about his loud music. I think you actually get an award for that. Messing with the man’s money? You don’t do that, sucka! Beam me up, Scotty. There’s no intelligent life down here.

  3. missing kevin says:

    kevin has been quiet today. He is either in jail or lovin’ it up with his guy.

  4. Archipoop says:

    I didnt know Architect worked as a volunteer at the skating club! If you needed money you could have just asked one of your online friends

    1. Archipee says:

      He hasn’t got any friends to ask.

  5. M. Dayton says:

    Maybe can can get this guy to balance the budget.

  6. lebrok says:

    That a lot of cold cash for an Ice skating club

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