Former Marshall visitor center director arrested for $250K theft

The 49 year old is being held on probable cause felony theft.
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A former director of a visitor center in Marshall, Minnesota, is being investigated for the theft of $250,000 from the organization.

The Marshall Police Department says it has arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the theft from the Marshall Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The suspect, who BMTN will not be naming until he has been formally charged, is a former director of the visitor's bureau.

His arrest is the result of a "months-long investigation" by the police department, with the aid of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Office of State Auditor.

The suspect being held on probable cause felony theft at Lyon County Jail, and is expected to appear at Lyon County District Court after charges have been filed.

He was the director of the Marshall CVB between October 2014 and June 2018, when he was fired after "financial irregularities" were found during an internal budget review.

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"The Marshall CVB, along with the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, immediately reported these irregularities to authorities and removed the individual involved from the organization," Visit Marshall, MN said in a statement on Facebook Friday.

"The Marshall CVB and Visit Marshall remain committed to serving and promoting the City of Marshall," it added.

"We were gravely deceived by this individual and are deeply saddened by this discovery. However, we know that will emerge from this stronger and more resilient as an organization."

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