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Former MIEA treasurer charged with embezzlement

The former treasurer of the Minnesota Indian Education Association is accused of embezzling public funds. According to the complaint, 44-year-old William Blackwell of Bemidji is accused of writing checks to himself from the MIEA, where he served in his role from December 2016 to June 2019. The complainant, a representative of the MIEA, told investigators…


Webb pleads guilty to theft by swindle

The former executive director of Bemidji’s Sanford Center pleaded guilty to theft by swindle. According to the complaint, 48-year-old Curtis Webb had the Sanford Center reimburse him $38,000 for various fraudulent expenses, and a Minnesota State Auditor’s report concluded Webb conducted around $67,000 in questionable transactions, in addition to the fraudulent ones. VenuWorks conducted an…


Former Sanford Center executive makes court appearance

The former executive director of the Sanford Center made his first appearance in court Monday. Forty-eight-year-old Curtis Webb faces a theft by swindle charge for allegedly making false expense reports during his time here in Bemidji. Webb was recently sentenced to 100 hours of community service, two years of probation and pay required fees and…

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