Theft from Local Organization Results in Theft Charges

Big Lake Police Dept.
Chief Joel D. Scharf


On August 13, 2013 a report was made to the Big Lake Police Department regarding an unauthorized check having been written on an account owned by the Big Lake Women of Today.  An investigation revealed that a check in the amount of $1,400 had cleared on their account, with notes written that indicated; “renew non-profit.”  It was determined that then-president of the Big Lake Women of Today, Rebecca Martin (Age 39 – Big Lake) had in fact written the check to herself at a local bank, endorsed the back and cashed it.  Martin had obtained a check blank, with the understanding she was proceeding to make payment to the State of Minnesota for the non-profit renewal in the amount of $400.  One hour and 40 minutes later surveillance video showed her cashing the check for $1,400 at a local bank.  Martin has been charged in Sherburne County District Court with; Theft (felony), and Theft by Swindle (felony).  Martin’s initial appearance date is still pending.


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