Former SSP airport manager pleads guilty

Glenn Charles Burke
Glenn Charles Burke

Glenn Charles Burke of Inver Grove Heights pleaded guilty on June 21 in Dakota County District Court to four felony counts of theft by temporary control and two felony counts of theft by swindle. 

Burke, 55, admitted to stealing large sums of money from October 2012 through February 2015 while he served as manager of the South St. Paul Municipal Airport.

The state requested he be sentenced to just less than four years in prison, however, Judge Martha Simonett departed from this after finding Burke as a good candidate for probation.

Burke was sentenced to 10 years probation and no jail time and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $132,012.23.

Burke reserved the right to challenge the amount of restitution at a hearing scheduled for Sept. 20.

Burke was charged in July 2016. According to the criminal complaint, on April 22 of last year, an employee in South St. Paul’s accounting department contacted police after receiving an overdraft notice from an account at Bremer Bank for a suspicious account named SSP Airport Fuel Company.

The account was listed as belonging to Burke, who opened the account in November 2006. Between May 2009 and March 2016, roughly $111,529 was withdrawn from the account by Burke. Charges related to alleged thefts prior to October 2012 were dismissed.

Burke admitted the unauthorized account was his and reportedly said he opened the account for a business that would have eventually fixed fuel tanks on planes at Fleming Field. 

 

—Hannah Burlingame

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