Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Glenn Charles Burke, age 55 of Inver Grove Heights, pled guilty today to four felony counts of Theft by Temporary Control and two felony counts of Theft by Swindle in connection with the theft of large sums of money from October of 2012 through February of 2015 while Burke served as the airport manager for the City of South St. Paul. One count of Theft by Swindle was dismissed. The state requested a sentence of 45 months in prison for this major economic crime, which is the presumptive sentence under Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Judge Martha Simonett dispositionally departed from the presumptive sentence upon finding the defendant particularly amenable to probation and sentenced Burke to 90 days in jail and probation for 10 years. Burke was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $132,012.23. Burke reserved his right to challenge the total amount of restitution at a hearing currently scheduled for September 20, 2017 at 9 a.m.
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Backstrom commented: "It is our intent to request that the City recover full restitution for the significant financial loss that occurred."
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.