Report: Ex-Chamber Exec. Allegedly Embezzled $29K

Kimberly Michele Burkett, former director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce, reportedly faces two theft charges in connection with the allegations.

The former director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce reportedly faces charges based on allegations that she stole $29,192 from the organization.

According to a report by WCCO, Kimberly Michele Burkett, 33, of Browerville, faces one count of theft and one count of theft by swindle. If convicted of both counts, she faces up to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine, according to the news outlet.

WCCO reported that Burkett wrote checks to herself and spent the stolen funds at nail salons, lingerie shops, and tattoo-removal facilities, among other places. She also reportedly made car payments on a vehicle owned by her husband, Nathan Burkett—the Todd County Administrator.

Investigators first became aware of the allegations after a bank called the chamber and indicated there was an overdraft on one of its accounts. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and the Todd County Sheriff’s Office reportedly conducted an investigation and found that funds were missing from three chamber accounts over which Burkett had exclusive credit card access.

WCCO reported that suspicious transactions took place shortly after Burkett was hired in July 2011 and continued through April 30 of this year.

To read WCCO’s full story, click here.