Federal prosecutors are accusing three former executives of Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies of taking part in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $20 million from the hearing aid maker and its principal owner.
A former loan officer at AgStar Financial Services has been sentenced in a theft-by-swindle case. The Stearns County Attorney's Office says 46-year-old Tammy Storms of Clearwater was sentenced to just under three years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of theft-by-swindle.
A former bank employee will have to pay $1 million restitution for embezzling from customers of the Marshall bank where she worked. Forty-eight-year-old Barbara Kaye Rechtzigel of Belview also was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to two years in prison.
A Sauk Rapids woman has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from her employer over a three-and-half year span. 49-year-old Elizabeth "Betty" Benoit admitted to stealing just under $59-thousand from October 2007 to February 2010.
A Brainerd man has been sentenced for embezzling more than $600,000 from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. A federal judge sentenced 31-year-old Eric Makowski to 2-and-a-half years in prison on one count of embezzlement from a tribal organization.