- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The Rochester Symphony Orchestra has placed its CEO on paid leave after he was accused of stealing more than $15,000 from a vulnerable adult.

Forty-four-year-old Jeffrey Amundson was charged last week in Olmsted County with four counts of felony financial exploitation. Amundson is accused of stealing from the alleged victim while acting as the man’s power of attorney.

In a statement, the orchestra’s board said Amundson will no longer be actively involved in the organization. The orchestra says its own financial integrity has not been compromised.

Amundson denied stealing the money, claiming the man owed him $20,000 because he had “paid for the victim’s apartment and helped him get Social Security benefits and medical assistance,” according to the complaint.

The Post-Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1CnMtY4 ) reports Amundson is due in court March 12.

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