Embezzlement probe into ELCA bookkeeper nears end

| December 4, 2012

MOORHEAD – Eleven months after police began investigating him, the bookkeeper suspected of embezzling more than $714,000 from a Moorhead-based church synod continues to live in the stately rural home he allegedly remodeled and expanded with the stolen money.

Robert Duane Larson hasn’t been criminally charged, but Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the detective working on the case is nearing the end of his investigation.

“He anticipates being able to request the appropriate charges in the very near future,” Jacobson said last week.

Larson, 61, declined an interview Thursday at his rural Wolverton home about 15 miles south of Moorhead.

“I have no comment. Thank you,” he said as he shut the door.

Meanwhile, the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that Larson allegedly fleeced has recovered some of the money through the insurance process, Bishop Lawrence Wohlrabe said.

“We’ve recovered a portion of the monies that were embezzled, and I anticipate that we’ll be able to make a fuller announcement about the amount and how we intend to expend those funds” before the end of the year, Wohlrabe said Friday.



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