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Ex-school business manager accused of embezzling almost $18,000 from district

FINLEY — A former public school business manager faces felony theft charges after allegedly embezzling almost $18,000 from the Finley-Sharon School District.

Rusti Jean Post, 42, was charged Wednesday in Steele County District Court with one count of Class B felony theft. The charge carries a potential 10-year prison term.

Stock said a state auditor and an independent auditor examined the finances in question.

School Superintendent Seth Thoreson said Post worked as the district’s business manager for a three-year period, during which she allegedly committed the thefts from May 2011 to May 2012.

Post resigned sometime between last May and July, Thoreson said. The school conducted its own administrative investigation into the matter, he said.

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