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Charges: Probation officer claimed wages for when he was at racetrack

He filed false time and expense reports, charges say.
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A probation officer in Dakota County has been charged with swindling his employer by claiming he was working when he was actually at a casino and racetrack.

Troy Dal Withers, 46, of Oakdale, submitted false time keeping records and mileage reimbursement claims between June 2018 and February 2019, according to a criminal complaint.

The charges note that probation officers don't work set hours, but are required to work at least 80 hours every two-week pay period, report their hours to Dakota County, and maintain an electronic calendar that includes client meetings.

An investigation found that at least 15 times over the 8-month period, Withers reported meetings that he didn't actually attend.

Where he was instead was the Running Aces casino and racetrack in Anoka County, where Withers was on at least 10 occasions during daytime hours when he had otherwise told Dakota County he was working.

A photo provided by the casino proved Withers was there on one of those occasions.

"The theft of any amount of public funds is a very serious matter," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement.

Withers has been charged with two counts of theft by swindle.

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