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2 Businessmen Plead Guilty To Denying Workers Prevailing Wage

Two owners of a Twin Cities electrical company have pleaded guilty to not paying their employees the prevailing wage at a construction project at Normandale Community College. Thomas Robert Clifton, 51 of Lake Elmo and Earl Keith Standafer, 57 of Burnsville, pleaded guilty last Friday in Hennepin County Court to one count of theft by swindle of more than $35,000.

05/19/2015

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Charges: Secretary Stole More Than $20K From Watkins Church

A woman is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a church where she worked in Meeker County. Authorities said 52-year-old Renee Miller took money from various accounts at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins.

02/12/2015

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Farmington Couple Charged In ‘American Girl’ Swindle

A Farmington couple face felony theft by swindle charges after buying discounted American Girl merchandise from an online retailer, then fraudulently returning the items at the Mall of American for a full refund. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says Jennifer Jo Cho, 37, and Henry Lim Cho, 34, returned over 134 items without a receipt to the American Girl store at the Mall of America – reaping $5,374 in the process.

01/22/2015

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Charges: Rosemount Man Swindled Money From Renters

A 41-year-old Rosemount homeowner is accused of swindling payments and security deposits from renters after telling them the room he was renting in his home was no longer available, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.

01/14/2015

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Charges: Woman Swindled From Employer To Fund Gambling Habit

A 49-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman is accused of swindling money from her employer to support a gambling addiction, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.

01/07/2015

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Former State Fire Department Treasurer Charged With Swindling

A former treasurer of the Minnesota State Fire Department Association is accused of taking money from the department over a span of four years, according to charges filed by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

01/05/2015

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Coon Rapids Woman Allegedly Stole More Than $100K From Employer

A Coon Rapids woman has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from her company since October of 2012. Tara Jo Luby, 41, is facing one count of theft by swindle for an amount over $35,000.

12/05/2014

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Former Eagan Coach Cleared Of Swindling $30K

A former Eagan coach was cleared of six felony counts of theft by swindle in a Dakota County court Friday. Kurt Bruce Virgin, 61, was accused in May 2012 of swindling Independent School District 196 of almost $30,000, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. All six counts were dismissed on Friday. Virgin had worked during the summers as a coach at two basketball camps and one soccer camp.

12/20/2013

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Car Refurbisher Charged With Stealing $128K From Customers, Investor

A Crystal man was charged Friday with one felony count of aggravated theft by swindle after stealing nearly $128,000 for several people in a car refurbishing scheme first investigated by WCCO in 2011. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 24-year-old Zachary Maxwell Moore stole $127,839 from 33 people over two years, several of whom originally paid his company, Civics Reborn, to refurbish old Honda Civics. Defendants claim that Moore was initially attentive with customers until after they paid for the car and refurbishments in full, then he became almost impossible to contact. He also moved his company’s location six times, failing to pay full rent to each landlord before relocating.

09/20/2013

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Charges: Ham Lake Man Swindled $200K From Elderly Woman

A 61-year-old Ham Lake man is accused of swindling money out of an elderly woman from St. Paul, according to charges filed by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Investigators are calling Kent Meyer the “Sweetheart Swindler.”

08/21/2013

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Charges: Man Swindled $100K+ From Blaine Auto Company

A 59-year-old Plymouth man who had a business partnership with an auto sales company is accused of swindling more than $100,000 from that company, according to charged filed Friday in Anoka County Court.

08/16/2013

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Champlin Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing $50K From PTO

A Champlin woman pleaded guilty Friday to the charge of theft by swindle over $35,000 after being accused of taking money from a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) fund. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 31-year-old Melissa O’Brien was the treasurer of Oxbow Elementary School’s PTO from September to December of 2012. In these months, O’Brien stole more than $50,000 by withdrawing cash, writing checks to herself and family members and setting up direct payments to her creditors.

07/03/2013

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Woman Accused Of Swindling $350,000 From Car Wash

A woman who kept the books at an Apple Valley car wash is accused of swindling $350,000. Forty-six-year-old Connie Rogers is charged in Dakota County with nine counts of felony theft by swindle.

06/03/2013

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Charges: Lakeville Teller Stole $95K From Her Bank

A 31-year-old Farmington woman was charged Friday in connection with the loss of $95,000 from the Lakeville bank where she had worked.

05/03/2013

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MN Man Impersonates Pink Floyd Singer For 100K In Healthcare

Police say a Minnesota man posed as a rock star — British accent and all — to get as much as $100,000 in medical treatment.

05/01/2013

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Owatonna Man Sentenced In $70K Liquor Theft

A 41-year-old Owatonna man has been sentenced to 240 days in jail and 10 years’ probation for stealing liquor and selling it for cash while working for a liquor distributor, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

04/09/2013

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Mpls Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $150K From Charity

A 55-year-old Minneapolis man, a former food services director for Open Arms of Minnesota, pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling about $155,000.

03/29/2013

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Chiropractic Office Worker Accused Of Swindling $112K

A woman who worked at an Anoka County chiropractic office is accused of stealing at least $112,000 from her workplace and depositing it in her own accounts.

03/14/2013

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Youth Lacrosse Assoc. Treasurer Accused Of Swindling Over $35K

A Lino Lakes man has been accused of swindling a Circle Pines lacrosse association as its treasurer for more than $35,000.

02/26/2013

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Coon Rapids Man Sentenced For Stealing From Vulnerable Adult

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced for stealing over $65,000 from an 82-year-old vulnerable adult, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

01/28/2013

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Cops: Husband, Wife Forge $24,000 Money Order For Jewelry

A 61-year-old man and his 21-year-old wife, both of Gheen, Minn., were arrested for purchasing nearly $25,000 in jewelry from an Anoka jeweler on layaway with a fraudulent money order, authorities say.

11/07/2012

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Deer River Woman Gets Jail, Probation In Swindling Case

A 32-year-old Deer River woman was sentenced Monday to 30 years in jail and five years of probation for swindling money from the DMV she worked at.

10/24/2012

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Food Shelf Employee Arrested, Charged With Embezzlement

A 55-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Saturday and is accused of embezzling more than $155,000 from a Twin Cities nonprofit that delivers meals to home bound individuals.

08/06/2012

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Charges: Woman Used Fake Gold Coins To Swindle $8K

A 19-year-old woman has been accused of using fake gold coins to swindle $8,000 out of a store, according to police.

07/11/2012

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Archdiocese: Former Employee Swindled $670,000

A former lay employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was charged Friday with seven counts of theft by swindle.

06/15/2012

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