- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The former treasurer of the Minnesota State Fire Department Association is charged with stealing $188,000 from the organization over four years.

Forty-two-year-old Anthony Bronk of Hugo was charged Monday in Ramsey County with five counts of theft by swindle and one felony count of offering forged checks.

According to the complaint, Bronk, who also had been a Hugo City Council member, spent the money for personal expenses including a vacation to Mexico.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/13UBTZh ) reports total credit card charges came to $135,000.

The charges say Bronk also overpaid his salary by forging the association president’s signature on 89 checks that totaled $53,000. The alleged thefts happened between 2010 and 2014.

Bronk was summoned to appear in court Feb. 18. His attorney did not immediately return a phone message.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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