Former golf course manager convicted of theft

January 7, 2008

by Roz Kohls

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Lori Jo Beckman of Savage, the former manager of the Cokato Town & Country Club, has been convicted of theft Oct. 17 from the golf course.

As of last Monday, she owes $2,582 on her fine and restitution, according to the Wright County Attorney’s Office.

Wright County Judge Jonathan Jasper stayed the imposition of her sentence to five years of probation if she paid her fine of $500 plus restitution, served 240 hours community service, had no contact with the Cokato Town & Country Club, and no similar violations, according to the county attorney’s office.

After a year-end accounting of the country club’s finances in January, 2007, the business reported to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office that as much as $20,000 allegedly had been stolen.

However, golf course officials only could pinpoint cash shortages from two different golf tournaments that occurred in July and September 2006.

The cash deposits following the two tournaments were short $500 each time. Beckman was the club’s only full-time employee at the time, and she was responsible for making deposits of the proceeds generated from tournaments, according to the complaint.

Wright County detective Andy Fashant spoke with Beckman during the investigation. She allegedly admitted to him of stealing approximately $2,000 from the club.

Assistant Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes prosecuted the case.