WALKER -- The former treasurer of a township adjacent to Hackensack was arraigned Tuesday in Cass County Court on felony theft and theft by swindle charges.
Suzanne Marie Curo, 43, Hackensack, appeared before Judge John P. Smith for arraignment and is scheduled to make her next court appearance Monday.
A Minnesota State Auditor's Office audit of Hiram Township records covering Jan. 1, 1997, to March 31, 1999, when Curo was township treasurer, indicate $22,996.61 was missing from township accounts.
Hiram Township lies about one-fourth mile west of Hackensack. It covers about three-fourths of Birch and Ten Mile lakes and a farming and rural residential area.
The complaint against Curo alleges she cashed one check for $5,295 from the state made out to the township in January 1999.
Throughout 1998, the complaint alleges, Curo deposited other checks the township received from the state and county, retaining a hundred to several hundred dollars for herself.
In another instance, the complaint alleges Curo wrote "void" on a township check record, but actually wrote a check to herself.
It is further alleged that Curo withdrew funds from the township's savings account and deposited only a portion of that amount to the township's checking account, retaining the balance for herself.
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