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Bloomington’s Coliseum Theft and Fraud Investigation reaches Minnesota –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 26, 2016

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) –

Curtis Webb, recently fired employee who worked for VenuWorks as Executive Director of the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. is apparently being investigated in Minnesota for potential fraud and theft of funds form his former position at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN.

Diane Benjamin first reported on suspected fraud and theft of funds thru Her investigations led to her having to file suit in circuit court for access to public records being denied by the former coliseum managers. She has alleged the city of Bloomington failed its citizens when it refused to demand accurate reporting of income from the coliseum, leading to the city being undercompensated. Later, it was learned that Curtis Webb, the new director had allegedly been using funds improperly and he was charged with a felony, which has yet to be heard in court.

Read the following report from Bemidji Pioneer News below:

BEMIDJI — Bemidji city staff has received a summary report on possible financial improprieties during the tenure of the former executive director of the Sanford Center, who was later fired from his new job in Illinois.

Curtis Webb, 45, was the Sanford Center’s Executive Director from late 2012 until this past April, when he took on a similar role at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.

He was fired from his position there on Oct. 14 after VenuWorks, an Ames, Iowa-based management company that oversees both facilities, found unauthorized usage of a company debit card.

As a result of that, financial probes were launched at both event centers. The Bloomington investigation led to Webb being charged with a felony in Illinois for allegedly taking an unspecified amount of money from the arena between . . . continue reading (click here).


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  • Dave
    Posted at 09:12h, 26 December

    Great job Diane Benjamin!

  • Patrick
    Posted at 20:23h, 26 December

    I agree, that’s some very good citizen watchdog journalism. Kudos to Ms. Benjamin.