Search Warrant Issued for Shakopee Superintendent's Email after District Credit Card Spending

July 21, 2017 01:02 PM

Shakopee police are continuing their investigation into a former Shakopee school district superintendent and the use of a district credit card.

A search warrant for an email account attached to Rod Thompson was signed Wednesday and filed in Scott County.

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The search warrant seeks "any and all information associated with email account (redacted), including, but not limited to, all communications received, sent, deleted, and archived email messages, contact lists, calendars, folders, data backups, etc." from Jan. 1, 2011, to the present.

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An investigation was launched after police received a citizen complaint that alleged Thompson was misusing funds allocated to the district. Specifically, the complaint stated Thompson began using his school district-issued purchase card for personal items shortly after he was hired in 2011. The complaint included concerns after the school reported a $4.5 million deficit.

Documents obtained from the district and the bank the district uses showed Thompson had made "numerous apparently personal purchases," using his purchase card, the search warrant states. Thompson reportedly claimed he reimbursed the district for those purchases.

A search warrant for Thompson's home was executed last month.

During the search of his home, police took an Apple laptop, an Amazon Kindle and a 42-inch LG TV, according to a search warrant.

At that point in the investigation, it was also revealed Thompson had used his purchase card for a trip to Nashville, for which he reportedly told investigators he had reimbursed the district.

Thompson also admitted to investigators he had accepted vacations and trips from two companies awarded contracts with the district, the email search warrant stated.

Authorities are continuing their investigation.

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