Former Minnetonka nordic booster club president guilty of stealing funds

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Minnetonka man pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from two Minnetonka High School booster club funds, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Bruce Quentin Bailey, 56, pleaded guilty to a single count of theft over $5,000 Tuesday morning as his trial was to begin. He will be sentenced March 18. He is expected to receive a stay of imposition, meaning he will be placed on probation and if he successfully completes it, the felony will be reduced to a misdemeanor. He also is expected to receive some type of community service requirement.

According to the criminal complaint, in February 2014, the athletic director at Minnetonka High School told police that Bailey had been stealing from booster funds. Bailey was president of the Minnetonka Nordic Booster Club and from August 2013 until Jan. 13, 2014, he stole $6,800 from the fund and repaid only $500.

When the athletic director confronted him, Bailey agreed to pay the money back. On Jan. 27, 2014, Bailey deposited $6,465 into the Nordic Booster Club fund. However, the athletic director soon realized the money was taken from the Minnetonka Track and Field Association account, with which Bailey also was associated, the complaint states.

After he was caught the second time, Bailey paid the money back with his own funds.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)