MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – A federal count of bribery has been added to charges against a former Minnesota superintendent who has been accused of embezzling public funds.
Prosecutors say the former Shakopee schools chief, Rod Thompson, used his position of authority to solicit a construction company to embezzle money. Additionally, authorities say Thompson embezzled more than $70,000 from the district over a six-year-period and used the money for renovations at his home, personal travel expenses and to attend sporting events.
Rod Thompson, 53, is facing a federal charge of corrupt solicitation of a bribe. Thompson is also facing trial in Scott County on 20 felony charges which include 13 counts of embezzlement.
Thompson’s attorney, Peter Wold, says that Thompson is fully cooperating with prosecutors and plans to make a plea deal in both cases.