Charges: Man Took Deposits From Resort Vacationers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man is charged with knowingly collecting and cashing checks for reservations for a foreclosed Cass Lake resort.

Christopher Dunker, the man who claimed to be managing the Big Wolf Lake Resort, is charged with theft.

He was arrested Tuesday night, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Dunker, 29, allegedly told people planning vacations that they would get a discount if they sent in the whole amount for their reservation in advance. Instead, the victims claim they paid the money only to find out the resort was closed before getting there.

According to the criminal complaint, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department has taken reports from 11 different individuals or groups claiming Dunker took payments from them in the spring of 2011. Officers said the total amount reported taken is $16,973.

The property, located in the middle of Lakes Country in Cass County, has been closed all summer and the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office said the bank currently owns the resort.

Most of the victims said they found the Big Wolf Lake Resort online. The web site is still up today, but the phone number listed has been disconnected.

Read WCCO-TV’s original story on the incident.

  • wetfart

    I think I just soiled myself. Not alot, maybe a teaspoon full.

  • just sayin

    Depends on your depends. Did you change em last week? Where were the deposits from by the way? Bubba?

  • John

    Glad he has been caught!!!!! My family is one of the families who he took money from. Our family vacation in June was ruined by this guy!!!! Hope we can get our money back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • qwnbe

      Good luck with that.

    • sad but true

      How i=or when did you know you were a victim of a scam?

    • em0886

      Your family doesn’t seem too smart.

      • em0886-14

        You really need to learn how to get your own login name at work!!

  • sad but true

    Too many cheese curds!

  • Frank

    How is it a managers fault when the owner of the resort is the one who let the property go into foreclosure and forfeited the resort, and all accounts were frozen?
    Sounds like someone is trying to find anyone they can hold accountable/to blame, regardless of who it is.

  • jake

    No one was charged? Isn’t it illegal to put false statements up wcco?

  • ash

    Why aren’t you mentioning mike bydal the owner of the resort?

  • confused

    Why didn’t wcco put up dunkers response to this? And like ash said why isn’t mike bydal mentioned? The the media sure loves their drama and lies. I’m pretty sure from what I SAW he responded a month back about this. But it was too real and concerning that they didn’t want to post it. Gosh that’s sad.

  • Aaron Morgando

    Pretty sad when your trying to put blame on the owner when he had no control over what chris was doing, or had a clue of what was going on! How can the owner take any ownership over it when mr dunker had a contract for deed on it! Makes me sick when people get away with this, there is so much more behind this and it makes me sick for what he did to these innocent people and their families!!!

    • really?

      the owner failed to give the “manager” all of the information on the property. IE; foreclosure, unpaid bills. So how is it not the owners fault this had happened and they got served papers to vacate the premises. As i recall the receivership of the property was supposed to continue running the property as a resort but failed to do so. So how is that the “managers” fault? this is all ridiculous if you think about it logically.

  • Spite Gets You Nowhere

    That comment made no sense. Have another drink and go lay by your dish.

  • uncle Billy

    Chris Dunker finally is getting what he deserves. If you do a background check, he’s a 2 time convicted FELON. He’s scammed people in Duluth, Two Harbors, Solon Springs, WI and took $40,000 from a little old lady from Duluth,MN. I hope he rots in Prison. His wife is no better then him either. She needs to spend time in prison for scamming the STATE OF MINNESOTA in Duluth as well. She’s got something coming her way as well.

  • CJ Dunker

    Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lee Dunker. They wanted to make a name for themselves. Well, by God, they did so. And it’s now time to pay the piper. The walls come tumbling down around them. They are unable to hide anymore, as the truth will now set them free.

    • ...

      The truth will set them free. It’s about time the truth comes out instead of the media trying to make a good story on half truths. How would you feel if something was twisted so much it ruined your life? No one cares what actually happened in front page stories they all like the drama and a good story. So everyone will believe what they read or what is told to them. :( oh what a wonderful thing this country has come to.

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