Ex-official pleads guilty in fund misuse case
RED LAKE FALLS — A former city administrator of Red Lake Falls pleaded guilty Monday to misuse of city funds.
In a plea agreement, the Red Lake County Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the remainder of a 20-count indictment that included misconduct, theft and exceeding his authority while he served as city administrator for the city of 1,400 in northwest Minnesota.
Ducharme was city administrator from 2005 until August 2012, after serving as mayor from the late 1990s until 2005.
Prosecutors said that in 2010, Ducharme illegally prepared a voucher for mileage totaling $175 for a city worker to attend a meeting, when the trip already had been paid for with city funds.
Under an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but admits that sufficient evidence exists for a conviction.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.