Former Glenwood Mayor Scott Formo. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Some new details have emerged in the case of former Glenwood Mayor Scott Formo, who was charged in Pope County District Court on December 26 with two counts of credit card fraud and three counts of theft from the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Formo is accused of racking up over $6,000 in unauthorized use of the Chamber’s credit card for personal use while he was mayor and still working for the Chamber. The first count of credit card fraud of more than $2,500 has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, or both.

The Pope County Tribune reported that many of the unauthorized charges were run from January through June of 2018, and included using the Chamber’s Pay Pal service to pay personal Verizon phone and Xcel Energy bills, and for 11 months of the Netflix streaming service. The criminal complaint also alleges that Formo used the Chamber’s account to pay for home furnishings, cell phone equipment, and Minnesota Vikings and Wild sports memorabilia.

“Suspicious activity” was found on the account dating back to 2012. The complaint stated that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension interviewed Formo in January of 2019 and Formo acknowledged that he knew the difference between acceptable and unacceptable use of Chamber funds. He also verified that the funds in question were not part of his authorized compensation through his employment by the chamber.

The 49-year-old Formo was elected mayor of Glenwood in 2014, served for one term and was defeated in his bid for re-election in 2018.  He worked as director for the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce from 2010 until he resigned in October of 2018. He is expected to appear in court on the charges on February 3.

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