Richmond Mayor Accused of Illegally Donating Gambling Profits [VIDEO]
RICHMOND -- An investigation into the theft of funds from the Richmond amateur baseball team by former manager Scott Kron has led to new criminal charges.
A complaint filed in Stearns County District Court alleges Richmond Mayor Jim Hemmesch directed meat raffle profits from the Richmond Fireman's Relief Association to be deposited into the Richmond Little League Fund. That's a lawful donation of gambling profits. However, the complaint alleges Hemmesch conspired with the gambling manager and then-team manager Kron to have some of the funds deposited from the Little League account into the adult baseball team account. That is not allowed by law.
According to the criminal complaint, Hemmesch called a state compliance agent who was looking into the thefts by Kron and asked about funds given to the adult baseball club via the Little League account. Hemmesch went on to state he was aware the Fireman's Relief Fund could not give money to the baseball club.
The total receipts to the Richmond Royals in a one-year period between 2013 and 2014 totaled more than $9,500 to the adult team.
Hemmesch served as mayor from 2009-2012 when he lost to Kron in a re-election bid. Kron resigned his post in the summer of 2014 and later pleaded guilty to stealing money from the amateur baseball team. Hemmesch was then re-elected as mayor in 2014.
Hemmesch is now charged with one felony count of Gambling-Unlawful Expenditures-More than $2,500.