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Nicollet school employee faces theft charges

Accused of stealing funds from concession and ticket sales

October 17, 2012
The Journal

NICOLLET - A 31-year-old rural Le Sueur County resident employed by Nicollet Public School (NPS) faces two felony theft charges for allegedly taking nearly $1,495 in concession and ticket sales money this fall.

Justin Berg, Activities Director at NPS, was arrested Friday, Oct. 12 by the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office. He was booked Friday and released without bail, according to Nicollet County Sheriff's Office Investigator Marc Chadderdon.

Berg's next Nicollet County District Court appearance was set for 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, according to the county court administration office.

Nicollet school officials contacted the sheriff's office about the missing money on Monday, Oct. 8. School staff reported missing funds following athletic events on numerous occasions, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Modern technology helped the sheriff's office solve the case.

Last week, Nicollet County Sheriff's Office Investigator Marc Chadderdon placed a motion-sensitive camera in a school storage room that included a safe where school funds were kept and confirmed with school staff how much money was in the safe.

Chadderdon said he got an e-mail with photos including one that identified Berg, after the camera was triggered by movement. Money in the safe was counted again and several hundred dollars was missing.

Chadderdon said Berg admitted to taking the money after he learned of the evidence against him.

"We've got several different cameras. The ones we used in Nicollet were borrowed from the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office," Chadderdon said. "Using technology is not that expensive. It's cheaper than paying overtime."

Maximum penalty for each felony theft count is up to five years in prison and /or a $10,000 fine.



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