Charges announced against former Sanford Center director

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson announced yesterday that a theft by swindle charge will be filed against former Executive Director of the Sanford Center, Curtis Webb.

Webb is accused of concocting a scheme involving tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent expense reimbursements.

Beltrami County investigators with the Sheriff’s Office were able to track down records of these reimbursement requests, which included hotels, restaurants, airfare, rental cars, and more.

When investigators contacted these places, there were no records of Webb attending those events or staying at those hotels. Flight records also supported that he did not attend these events, and some records even contradicted his written requests, such as an instance where he said he flew to New York, but actually flew to Cleveland.

Webb’s conduct was apparently the subject of a Minnesota State Auditor’s investigative report. That report indicated that Webb was involved in over $100,000 in improper or questionable transactions.

Webb is due to begin a jury trial in Bloomington, Ill., where he is accused of a similar crime at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, where he was employed as Executive Director after he left Bemidji.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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