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.

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