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Published June 08, 2012, 06:15 PM

Grafton City Employees Charged With Theft

GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Four employees of the Grafton Municipal Utilities Electrical Department are facing felony charges. The arrests were made after a several-week investigation by the Grafton Police Department and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Four employees of the Grafton Municipal Utilities Electrical Department are facing felony charges.

The arrests were made after a several-week investigation by the Grafton Police Department and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, all four employees were released on bond.

Brent Adam McMillan was arrested for misapplication of entrusted property. He's accused of selling used wire and power transformers, costing the city $10,400 between theft and misappropriation of resources.

The other three employees, Russell Geddes Jr., Kelly Laskowske, and Brady Strom were arrested for conspiracy to commit theft of property.

McMillan is accused of disposing of, using or transferring an interest in property owned by the city of Grafton that was entrusted to him as a public servant, without the authorization of the city.

We asked a lawyer to interpret the charge for us. He told us a trustee of city property is charged with selling the property and keeping the profits for himself.

The charge is a Class B felony which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000.

McMillan's bond conditions state that he can't travel outside of North Dakota or Minnesota, he must turn over his office keys, and he's forbidden to go on Grafton Municipal Property unless it's open to the public. His next scheduled appearance in court is June 16.

Employees Russell Geddes Jr., Kelly Laskowske, and Brady Strom were also arrested on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit theft of property. The three men are charged with conspiring for the purpose of taking property owned by the city for resale, benefitting from the proceeds of the sale.

That charge carries a maximum of 5 years in prison, a fine of $5,000, or both.

The other three employees had their bond hearings shortly after 11 a.m. Friday. After posting $500 bond, they've been ordered to vacate the city office, hand over their keys, and not to enter any government buildings of the city except those open to the general public.

The Grafton Assistant Police Chief wouldn't comment and those who live there didn't feel comfortable enough to comment either. The investigation is still ongoing.

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