Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Troy Dal Withers, age 46 of Oakdale, has been charged* with two counts of Theft by Swindle (Public Funds), in connection with his alleged false reporting of his hours worked and mileage reimbursement claims from June of 2018 to February of 2019, while he worked as a probation agent in Dakota County Community Corrections. Withers resigned from his position on April 11, 2019.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaints is set forth below:
In February of 2019, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a representative from Dakota County Community Corrections who reported that a probation officer might have submitted false time keeping records and mileage reimbursement claims. Probation officers are not required to work set hours, but are required to work a minimum of 80 hours per two-week pay period, maintain an electronic calendar that includes client meetings, and report electronically their working hours to Dakota County Financial Services. On at least 15 occasions from June 7, 2018 to February 4, 2019, Withers reported meeting with clients or attending meetings that he did not actually attend.
The investigation revealed that Withers had a player’s card at Running Aces, a casino and racetrack operated in Anoka County, where he had been at least 10 occasions during the daytime hours when his electronic calendar, building access card and time reporting indicated he had been working as a probation officer.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint can be found at Criminal Complaint Search.
Backstrom commented: “The theft of any amount of public funds is a very serious matter.”
Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office for their thorough investigation into this matter.
Withers was charged by summons. His first court appearance was set for July 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.