Records for May 2
This is the records summary for May 2.
Renville man hurt in rollover crash
According to the State Patrol, Joel Folkerts was driving a 2002 Ford pickup eastbound when the vehicle ran off the roadway and rolled in the ditch. He was wearing his seat belt.
Also responding were the Clara City Fire Department and Willmar Ambulance Service.
WILLMAR — A 33-year-old man was arrested for driving while impaired around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday after a one-vehicle rollover crash along Business 71 North.
According to the crash report by Willmar police, Francisco Ciprian was southbound in a 2002 Ford pickup when the vehicle left the roadway. He was not injured and there were no passengers in the vehicle.
WILLMAR — The theft of a purse was reported around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cub Foods, 2201 First St. S.
* Leah Marie Marcks, 34, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended gross misdemeanor charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for collecting public assistance benefits while she was receiving money from a money order scheme.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level, another felony will be dismissed and she will pay restitution. Sentencing is May 28.
According to the complaint, Marcks applied for assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services in 2000 and received benefits continuously through July 2013. As a recipient of public benefits, she was required to report all income and employment to family services officials.
An investigation by family services revealed that Marcks received more than $50,000 in money orders in 2013 and that she had kept some of the money while wire transferring the rest to individuals in Africa.
Marcks was interviewed and admitted to being part of the money order scheme, that she got started with it to earn money for her family, and that she took 5 to 10 percent of the money before sending it on people to Africa.
A recalculation of Marcks’ public assistance benefits, based on the income from the scheme, showed that she was not eligible for any type of assistance, except for one month of medical benefits for her children. The overpayment of benefits was $11,075.64
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