- Associated Press - Sunday, January 17, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The former general manager of a Minot hotel has been charged with stealing more than $40,000 from the business over a two-year period.

Court records show that 67-year-old James Joseph Mello of Minot faces a charge of felony theft of property.

Officials are accusing Mello of embezzling money from the Grand Hotel by cashing checks received from ATM commissions and taking a portion of banquet gratuity bonuses meant for the hotel’s wait staff.

Minot police say a warrant was issued, and Mello turned himself on Jan. 12. Mello posted bond, and an initial court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 1.

Mello retired last May after 43 years with the Grand Hotel. He told the Associated Press he does not wish to comment on the charges.

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