STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) – A Stillwater man who worked for the city’s annual Lumberjack Days Festival has been charged with five counts each of theft by check and issuing dishonored checks.

According to the Washington County attorney’s office, David Webster Eckberg, 61, issued bad checks to two beer distributors, an organization tied to the Stillwater Youth Hockey program and a lighting and staging company who provided services for the 2011 Lumberjack Days Festival.

On Nov. 29, Eckberg admitted to issuing four checks from an account from the company St. Croix Events, Inc., which he knew had insufficient funds. When aggregated together, the total value of the checks were in excess of $35,000.

From July 27, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2011, Eckberg deposited then transferred over $41,000 from the Lumber Jack Days Festival Association, Inc. and St. Croix Events, Inc. bank accounts to accounts belonging to him and his wife, Stacy Einck.

If convicted on all counts, Eckberg could face up to 75 years in prison and $110,000 in penalties.


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