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Feds file felony credit union fraud charge against former CEO

The president and CEO who once stood at the helm of the St. Francis Campus Credit Union in Little Falls has been formally charged with felony credit union fraud by federal prosecutors. Investigators maintain that she embezzled at least $2.5 million. The losses forced the Minnesota Department of Commerce to close the financial institution in February 2014 after the FBI began investigating the credit union.

The federal case against the former executive alleges that she engaged in fraud and embezzlement between June 2006 until she lost her job in January 2014. According to federal prosecutors, she shifted money from the credit union into accounts held by her and friends and relatives who apparently received a portion of the money. She also allegedly made fake loans for credit union members without their knowledge. These fraudulent loans then supplied funds that she allegedly used to hide fictitious deposits, buy checks or remove cash from the credit union.

Man sentenced for murder of girlfriend in Minnesota

An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman in northern Minnesota. The man, who was the woman's boyfriend, will spend more than 16 years in prison based on the court's sentence that was given Feb. 25. By the time the case made it to court, the 41-year-old man opted to plead guilty to second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony crime.

The homicide occurred in 2018. An investigation began when the remains of the man's 28-year-old girlfriend were discovered in a shallow grave in July of 2018 in the northern part of Minnesota. The grave was discovered on a property owned by a member of the man's family located about 100 miles north of Duluth near Cook.

SEC accuses former Apple lawyer of insider trading

Minneapolis readers might be interested to know that the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former attorney for Apple Inc. with insider trading. The charges were filed on Feb. 13 by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

According to court filings, the defendant used his high-ranking position as corporate secretary at the California-based technology giant to trade stocks ahead of earnings reports. As a result of this insider information, he was allegedly able to earn a total of $382,000. One example of his illegal trading activities occurred when he sold around $10 million of Apple stock just before a July 2015 earnings report that caused the stock to dip by 4 percent. The move allegedly saved him $345,000. The trades were apparently made through brokerage firms TD Ameritrade and First Republic.

2 people charged in stabbing death of man left in Minnesota field

A grand jury in Kandiyohi County indicted a 35-year-old man from Willmar for the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man. The accused man awaits his next court date in jail under a $2 million bail bond now that he faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree intentional murder and terroristic threats. Authorities also arrested a woman believed to have aided the alleged murderer. She faces multiple felony charges as his accomplice.

Court records indicated that surveillance video at the Jackpot Junction Casino placed the suspect and the victim together. The suspect supposedly admitted to law enforcement officers that he drove the victim away from the casino and then forced him out of the vehicle on a rural gravel road. He told officers that he chased the man and stabbed him to death. He then called the woman to the crime scene for a ride because his vehicle would not start.

Documentary details allegations against R. Kelly

Lifetime's new documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" has again put the singer on the defensive regarding long-standing allegations that he had sex with underage girls. The allegations against R. Kelly date back over 20 years to 1994, when news outlets reported that Kelly had married his 15-year-old protege. Although the marriage was quickly annulled, the questions surrounding Kelly and his behavior toward underage girls continued to dog him throughout his career and shock music fans in Minnesota.

In 2000, a newspaper reported that Kelly had been investigated for having sex with minors. However, the investigation ended when the girls involved refused to cooperate with the child sexual abuse investigation. Soon thereafter, Kelly enjoyed some of the biggest successes of his career, releasing his wildly successful album "TP-2.com" and performing his hit song "I Believe I Can Fly" during the opening ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Woman enters guilty plea on charge of attempted murder

A Minnesota state trooper who stopped to assist a vehicle in distress on westbound Interstate 94 in Clay County ended up shooting a woman who threatened him with handgun. She survived with a gunshot wound to the arm and has entered guilty pleas for charges of 1st degree attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to police reports, the 31-year-old woman had been traveling in a vehicle with a 29-year-old man. Their vehicle had skidded off the freeway near County Highway 336. The state trooper initially believed that he would only need to offer help until he noticed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in a neighboring state.

Man charged with murder in 27-year-old Minnesota cold case

A 56-year-old man admitted to investigators that he stabbed a 20-year-old woman to death in her south Minneapolis apartment on Dec. 19, 1991. A bloody washcloth recovered from the crime scene provided a DNA sample that allowed the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI to identify a suspect, who had been a friend of the victim's boyfriend at the time.

The murder case had gone cold until 2008 when investigators sent the washcloth for newly available DNA testing. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Hennepin County attorney's office, the DNA analysis concluded that the blood likely included the suspect's DNA. The test ruled out 99.1 percent of the population.

Police officer who shot woman could face 2nd degree murder charge

The shooting death of a woman in Minnesota allegedly at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has prompted prosecutors to amend their original charges against the accused shooter. The male police officer had been previously charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but a motion filed by prosecutors requested an upgrade of charges to second-degree murder based on the probability that he intended to kill her when he discharged his weapon.

The woman's death occurred on July 15, 2017 when she summoned police to her neighborhood with a 911 call. She suspected that a sexual assault was happening in the alley by her house. When two officers arrived in a police SUV, she approached the open driver's side window of the vehicle. The police officer sitting in the passenger seat, shot across his partner's body and struck the woman in the torso with a 9-millimeter bullet. She died on the scene. The officer driving the vehicle told investigators that the noise of the gun surprised him.

Can you lose your vehicle for a DWI?

Getting a DWI comes with many consequences, some immediate and some long-term. You may be worried about what the consequences will be. Most include paying fines, losing your license for a period of time, going to jail or completing a treatment program. In addition, you may face discipline at work or school, as well as higher insurance rates. 

Perhaps you have heard about other penalties, such as losing your car, known as vehicle forfeiture. Judicial forfeiture means a court order is necessary to take the vehicle. Administrative means the only requirement is a notice to the owner. Will either happen to you if you get a DWI in Minnesota?

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