Former South St. Paul employee charged for swindling more than $100,000 from city

- The former airport manager of South St. Paul is charged with seven counts of swindling money from the city of South St. Paul over the course of about six years, according to the Dakota County Attorney.

54-year-old Glenn Charles Burke of Inver Grove Heights served as airport manager for the city from June 1994 to May 2015.

In April this year, city employees contacted police after receiving an overdraft notice from a suspicious account. Records showed that Burke opened the account in November 2006 and it belonged to him, doing business as "Airport Fuel Company."
After executing a search warrant, officers learned about $108,769.58 had been deposited into the account between 2009 and 2015.
Investigators also learned that most of the checks were made out to the City of South St. Paul or South St. Paul Airport for services like fuel and hangar rental. Investigators said thousands of dollars were diverted from the city and deposited into the account.
Between May 2009 and March 2016 about $111,529 had been withdrawn from the account and about $70,000 of that money was used to pay Burke's personal GM Card Services account.
Burke turned himself in on Tuesday and will have his first appearance Wednesday morning in Hastings.


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