Bemidji City Employee Charged with Felony Theft for Taking $3,400 in Ice Rental Payments
A Bemidji city employee is facing two felony theft charges.
43-year-old Jake Pederson is accused of taking more than $3,000 in cash while scheduling ice time at the Bemidji Community Arena.
According to court documents, Pederson is accused of taking $3,400 in cash last April that was paid for ice time rental at the arena. Pederson admitted to a Bemidji police investigator that he had the money.
Pederson told the investigator that he ran into a bind and claimed the cash was still at the arena. He agreed to return the money and ultimately did so.
Each count of theft that Pederson faces carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.