After months of investigation, David Eckberg, 61, was charged with 10 felony counts -- five of theft by check and five of issuance of a dishonored check -- in Washington County District Court on Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. Eckberg, the former organizer of Stillwater's now defunct Lumberjack Days festival, is accused taking $41,000 from the festival and writing nearly $55,000 in bad checks.
Eckberg told the Pioneer Press that he couldn't comment on the charges because he hadn't seen the criminal complaint yet.
In June, Eckberg and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy. Court documents listed more than 100 creditors, totaling more than $2.4 million.
The couple had coordinated the summer festival along the St. Croix River in Stillwater since 1994. After 18 years, the city cancelled this year’s event citing unpaid bills, pending litigation and public disapproval.