Former Shakopee Superintendent Sentenced

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Former Shakopee Superintendent Rod Thompson was sentenced in state court Thursday to 24 months in prison for swindling and embezzlement from the Shakopee School District.

The Shakopee Valley News reports the sentence will be served concurrently as the 24-month federal sentence he got in late March for corruptly soliciting bribes from contractors.

Thompson was charged with making 305 personal purchases totaling over $30,000 with his district credit card between November 2014 and May 2017.

Among the purchases were sports memorabilia, personal memberships, an XBox, motorcycle jewelry, clothing, alcohol flasks and travel expenses.

As part of a plea bargain, Thompson pleaded guilty in November to 19 felony charges of theft by swindling and embezzlement from Shakopee Public Schools.

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