Former Sanford Center Executive Director Charged With Theft
Former Sanford Center Executive Director Curtis Webb was charged with theft in Bloomington, Illinois. Webb is accused of using a VenuWorks company debit card for personal purchases, according to the Pantagraph.
VenuWorks is a private management group that over sees the Sanford Center and U.S. Cellular Coliseum, which Webb most recently worked for. He was fired on October 14th, after questionable expenses originating in Bemidji were found during a routine review. The firm cancelled all company debit cards and all bank statements and accounting activity was reviewed.
Questions were raised over how much money was owed to the city of Bemidji and how the Sanford Center conducts business. Tax dollars are used to operate the center, which would have been used when paying with the debit cards.
Webb is charged with one felony count of theft of government property from the city of Bloomington, Illinois. His bond was set at $50,000 and he is not currently in custody, according to the Pantagraph.
VenuWorks has previously said that it would immediately reimburse the city of Bemidji for any unauthorized expenses.
The Pantagraph reports that the firm would reimburse Bloomington for about $16,000.