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Published August 28, 2010, 04:01 PM

Albert Lea city manager faces felony charges

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The city manager for the southern Minnesota community of Albert Lea is facing felony charges.

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The city manager for the southern Minnesota community of Albert Lea is facing felony charges.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports that City Manager Jim Norman is accused of abusing his city credit card by charging more than $2,300 in unauthorized purchases for items such as a refrigerator, groceries, women's shoes and hotels.

The charges were filed Thursday, and he's due in court Sept. 22.

Norman, who began working full time as city manager in Albert Lea in May, told the newspaper Friday he doesn't agree with many of the accusations, and he's going to get an attorney.

According to court records, he told the city's finance director and investigators that most of the questionable charges were related to moving expenses, and that he was in terrible financial shape when he took the job.

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