Former School District Employee Guilty Of Theft

Former School District Employee Guilty Of Theft Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A former St. Cloud Area School District employee has been sentenced for stealing some rebate cards from the district.

Bryan James Brown made an Alford plea to a charge of misdemeanor theft. With the plea, Brown doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that if the case went to trial there is enough evidence to convict him.

The 54-year-old from St. Cloud was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was stayed, meaning he won’t spend time in jail unless he violates the terms of his one year probation.

He’s been ordered to pay $115.46 in restitution.

Brown resigned as District 742’s Supervisor of Buildings, Grounds, and Safety, on March 23rd, 2017, after admitting to the district's human services director that he stole Menards rebates.

The thefts occurred between September 15th, 2016, and March 15th, 2017.

The district would put some rebates in Brown’s name and he was responsible for getting them to other departments when they needed to purchase supplies.

He admitted to spending the rebates on personal expenses.

Brown said it was a “stupid mistake”, that he accepted full responsibility and knows he put the district in a “bad spot”.

Brown worked for the district for 27 years, starting in 1990 as a custodian.

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