James E. Schulte pled guilty to one count of gross misdemeanor theft in Redwood County District Court Sept. 17. Schulte had been charged by complaint by the Redwood county attorney on two counts of theft.
The complaint followed an investigation by the Marshall Police Department. The in-vestigation revealed Schulte had intentionally and wrongfully obtained cash from the City of Redwood Falls by improperly claiming reimbursement for expenses for meetings he attended.
The complaint alleged Schulte received $1,000.84 in improper payments.
Schulte was given a stay of adjudication and two years supervised probation.
Conditions of his probation include programming and counseling as recommended by the Department of Corrections, payment of $1,000 fine and restitution to the City of Redwood Falls for $2,855.56. If Schulte re-mains law abiding and of good behavior, with no same or similar offenses over the next two years, his guilty plea will be not be entered and the case dismissed.
Schulte’s guilty plea follows several months of discussions between his attorney and the Redwood county attorney.
The Redwood county attorney recommended the stay of adjudication to the Court based on Schulte’s lack of criminal record and his willingness to plead guilty and repay the city.