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Deputy faces charges

By Staff | Sep 19, 2010

Terry Campbell

A Faribault County deputy disciplined earlier this year is now facing criminal charges.

Terry Lee Campbell, 46, of Blue Earth has been charged with two counts of theft and theft by swindle of public funds from Faribault County and two counts of attempted theft and attempted theft by swindle of public funds. He also faces one count of financial transaction card fraud use.

Sheriff Mike Gormley says an investigation was conducted by Cottonwood County authorities and a criminal complaint was filed in Faribault County Dis-trict Court on Wednesday.

Gormley says Campbell has not worked since being placed on paid administrative leave about eight weeks ago.

Chief Deputy Scott Adams says an outside law enforcement agency is currently conducting an internal investigation.

According to papers filed in court, on July 19 Gormley and Adams asked for an investigation after receiving a report that Campbell may be involved with theft of government funds.

The court complaint says Campbell used the county’s credit card on July 4 to purchase gasoline for personal use.

In August, Campbell allegedly collected mileage reimbursement when he used a squad car to attend an Emergency Management Services meeting held in Eagle Lake.

South Central Minnesota EMS, says the complaint, issued Campbell two checks totaling $94 to cover mileage for two July meetings he attended.

Court papers say the deputy never told South Central officials he was not to be reimbursed for mileage.

Authorities have discovered that Campbell has collected mileage checks on other occasions.Court papers say he received a check for attending a May meeting and also cashed reimbursement checks in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

When authorities contacted the Faribault County auditor about their reimbursement policy, they were told an employee using a county vehicle is not eligible for mileage.

The auditor also told officials that if a personal vehicle is used, any reimbursement check received from another agency must be turned over to their department head. The employee is then paid by the county.

On two charges, Campbell faces a maximum penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine.

Two counts each carry a maximum sentence of 2 1/2 years and a $10,000 fine, while the card fraud use charge is one year and a $3,000 fine.

This is the second time this year Campbell has been investigated for misconduct.

In February, he was suspended five days with pay for misuse of a squad car while off-duty.

Also, privileges of being able to drive a squad car home were taken away for three months.