People in Minnesota who are accused of multiple criminal offenses at once may end up opting to enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution. This is just one of the options that may be available to some defendants. While it is not necessarily always the best choice for some people, it may work very well for others.
One woman who had been the controller of a well-known and highly respected country club in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area was charged with multiple white collar crimes in the summer of 2017. She has recently entered guilty pleas in response to two of the charges. It is not known for sure if the actions involving the guilty pleas are related to a plea deal or not. The original charges included six counts of filing false tax returns and four counts of wire fraud.
The two guilty pleas include one each for filing false tax returns and wire fraud. There are no details provided as to what potential penalties the defendant may face or if there is the possibility that she may avoid spending time in jail. She is accused of using her position as controller to embezzle as much as one million dollars to fund vacations, real estate ventures and other purchases. No details of any other defendants involved in the alleged scheme are known.
After a white collar crime arrest, Minnesota residents might find it helpful to talk with a criminal defense attorney to understand their options.
Source: TwinCities.com, "Former official at St. Paul country club admits to embezzling $1M," Sarah Horner, April 3, 2018