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 internal audit and reimbursed the city of Bemidji over $134,000 for payments and reimbursements to Webb from January 2013 to April 2016.

Webb entered his guilty plea on Friday.

Webb was recently sentenced to 100 hours of community service, two years of probation and to pay required fees and restitution for a similar crime in Bloomington Illinois, where he was the director of the then-named U.S. Cellular Coliseum for a brief period in 2016.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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