The former treasurer for the Kasota Fire Department has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars from the organization.
Forty-four-year-old Derek Wayne Biehn of St. Peter was ordered to serve 150 days in jail, although if he makes regular restitution payments, he’ll only have to do 30 days behind bars.
Biehn has been ordered to pay $8,453 in restitution, with one-fourth of the total due every six months starting next July.
Biehn was also given five years probation and ordered to complete 240 hours of sentence to serve work.
According to the complaint, a deputy was called to the offices of the Kasota Fire Department in January because irregularities had been found in the department’s bookkeeping.
An investigation found that Biehn had written a number of checks to himself and his girlfriend, along with some direct withdrawals. Court documents show the requested amount of restitution to be more than $8,400.
The general fund money that was stolen is used to pay for fireman retirement plans, along with wages, yearly dues and regional events.
Investigators say that Biehn, who served as the Kasota Fire Department treasurer in 2016, admitted that he used the funds for himself, as he was unemployed and had fallen on “hard times.”