PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A Pequot Lakes teacher has been charged with six felonies in Crow Wing County in the theft of $34,000 from a teachers’ union fund.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports 46-year-old Larry Lightner of rural Backus was charged Thursday. He was not taken into custody. His first court appearance is set for Oct. 3.

Lightner did not return a message seeking comment left at his home by The Associated Press.

Lightner served as co-treasurer of Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes. The criminal complaint says he told investigators he had been writing himself checks from the union’s account since 2005.

Lightner reported the theft to the president of Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes, who in turn called police on July 25.

Lightner was the 2007 Pequot Lakes teacher of the year.

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Comments (5)
  1. DFL supporter says:

    Another liberal hard at work.

    1. Mike says:

      I know many teachers in the public school system who vote Republican. I also know as others that people who make generalized, uninformed statements are idiots.

  2. Deondre says:

    Ha! That was money that was supposed to be spent to buy the Wisconsin recall election.

  3. Pequot Lakes Resident says:

    Being from Pequot Lakes, we just have teachers who think they are smarter than anyone else…..that make two people in 5 years to take large sums of money that belong to the school kids or teachers….I want to know what he has to show for it now, other than becoming a felon and won’t be able to get a job no where.

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    she stole my purse at a PTO meeting i reported and i got slapped by the principle
    she sucks

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