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Former mayor accused of stealing money from amateur baseball team


The former mayor of a small Minnesota town was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing money from the local amateur baseball team while still in office, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Scott Kron, the 42-year-old former mayor of Richmond, Minnesota, was charged in Stearns County with felony theft and misconduct of a public officer or employee, the paper says.

According to KSTP, the charges accuse Kron of taking money from the Richmond Royals baseball team's bank account while he served as the squad's captain. He was also mayor at the time authorities say the theft occurred.

WCCO reports the missing funds were reported in May of this year, and authorities began investigating Kron – who was the manager of the team at the time – immediately.

FOX 9 reports investigators believe Kron stole more than $30,000 by taking money through raffles and fundraisers, and used the cash to cover personal bills. The station also notes Kron resigned from his city council seat in 2007 after his third arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

The St. Cloud Times says Kron resigned from the mayoral position in June – six months before his term was set to end – citing health and personal reasons.

Mike Mathiasen is currently the mayor of Richmond.

WCCO says Kron was booked at the Stearns County Jail Wednesday, then quickly released.

But he was elected as a city councilor again in 2010, then handily won the mayoral race in 2012.

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