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Published March 13, 2012, 07:58 AM

Audits show bookkeeper transferred over $714,000 from Northwestern Minnesota ELCA Synod

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - More details are coming out about a bookkeeper who's accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Moorhead church synod.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - More details are coming out about a bookkeeper who's accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Moorhead church synod.

Preliminary audits now show 60-year-old Robert Larson transferred more than $714-thousand dollars in unauthorized funds from the Northwestern Minnesota ELCA Synod. Larson has not been criminally charged in this case.

Back in January, police believe he took $250-thousand dollars by transferring it into a nonprofit program for which he served as a volunteer bookkeeper. A final audit report could come out this week, but the $714-thousand dollar amount isn't expected to change much.

Police think Larson used the money to pay off a car loan and a home loan and toward a $150-thousand dollar renovation of his home, and also for his living expenses.

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