Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Glenn Charles Burke, age 54 of Inver Grove Heights, has been charged* with seven counts of Theft by Swindle in connection with the theft of large sums of money from May of 2009 through February of 2015 from the City of South St. Paul, from June 1994 until May of 2015 Burke served as the airport manager for the City during this time.
The allegations contained in the criminal complaint reflect that on April 22, 2016, the South St. Paul Police Department was contacted by an employee from the City’s accounting department about an overdraft notice for a suspicious account. The account belonged to Glenn Burke, doing business as “Airport Fuel Company”, and was opened by Burke in November of 2006. Officers executed a search warrant to gain access to the account records and discovered that the bank no longer had transaction records for the account from the time of opening in November of 2006 until early 2009. Between 2009 and 2015 approximately $108,769.58 was deposited into the account.
The investigation revealed:
• The majority of these deposits came from checks made out to the City of South Saint Paul or the South Saint Paul Airport for services provided at the airport including fuel, hangar rental, and other airport functions.
• Between May of 2009 and October of 2012, approximately $38,650 in payments to the airport were diverted and deposited into this account.
• An accounting of the bank records showed that between October 25, 2012 and September 9, 2013, $26,855 in payments to the airport were diverted and deposited into this account and between October 21, 2013 and February 2, 2015 approximately $35,662 was diverted and deposited.
• Between May of 2009 and March of 2016, approximately $111,529 had been withdrawn from the account. The investigation revealed that about $70,000 of the money was used for online payments to GM Card Services, which the City of South St. Paul confirmed they have never used or approved for City accounts.
• The GM Card Services account was a personal credit card account for Burke.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search
. A mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search
Backstrom commented: “It is disturbing to see ongoing schemes to steal from an employer which result in the types of significant losses alleged to have occurred in this case. We hope to be able to identify the total loss so full restitution can be sought as part of this criminal prosecution.”
Burke turned himself in today and his first appearance on these charges will be tomorrow morning in Hastings.
Backstrom thanked the South St. Paul Department for their thorough investigation into this theft. 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.