ST. CLOUD -- The former mayor of Richmond has been formally charged with theft by swindle after an investigation into missing money from the amateur baseball team he used to manage.

Forty-three-year-old Scott Kron has been charged with three felony counts of theft by swindle and one gross misdemeanor count of theft by swindle.

Records show Kron handled the finances for the Richmond Royals baseball team and starting in 2008 began embezzling money from the team checking account and credit card. In all, Kron is accused of stealing approximately $40,000, but the statute of limitations means he can only be prosecuted for about $16,000 of the stolen money.

According to the criminal complaint, Kron used the accounts for personal use and allegedly told an investigator he needed the money for house payments.

Records show Kron was voted out as team manager in May 2014 and he stepped down as Richmond Mayor in June 2014 citing personal and health reasons.

Kron was booked into the Stearns County jail in September 2014 and was formally charged last week. His next court appearance is scheduled for October.