Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Troy Dal Withers, age 46 of Oakdale, pled guilty yesterday to one count of Misconduct of a Public Officer or Public Employee (a gross misdemeanor) in connection with falsely reporting his hours worked and mileage reimbursement claims on four separate occasions during the time period of June 2018 to February 2019, while he worked as a probation agent in Dakota County Community Corrections. Withers resigned from his position on April 11, 2019. Judge Douglas Bayley sentenced Withers to 10 days of Sentence to Service and placed him on probation for up to two years. In addition, Withers is required to pay a fine of $750, pay restitution and successfully complete gambling treatment. Withers was originally charged in May of 2019 with two counts of Theft by Swindle (Public Funds).
In February of 2019, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a representative from Dakota County Community Corrections who reported Withers may have submitted false timecards and mileage reimbursement claims. Probation officers are not required to work set hours; however, they 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 four occasions during the timeframe of June 2018 to February 2019, Withers reported meeting with clients or attending meetings that he did not actually attend and claimed mileage reimbursement on three of those occasions. Through investigation, it was determined that on these four occasions, Withers was actually at Running Aces, a casino and racetrack operated in Anoka County.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. A prior news release is available at County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought this former employee to justice."
Backstrom praised Kathy Keena, Chief Deputy who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff's Office for their thorough investigation into this matter.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.