Former gambling manager at Fridley Legion charged with theft

A Fridley man has been charged with stealing money from an American Legion to fuel his gambling addiction, according to Anoka County Court records.

Steven Ronald Linder, 64, was charged with theft in connection with the incident, which took place between Oct. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, the current gambling manager at the Fridley American Legion contacted authorities in January on suspicion that Linder, the former Legion gambling manager, had stolen about $20,000 in gambling money.

The American Legion investigated the missing money and discovered that $21,546 in deposits were missing from October 15, 2016 through December 2016. There was also a missing deposit of $15 from November 10, 2015 and a missing deposit of $6 from June 16, 2016.

Linder was responsible for depositing that money into the bank.

According to the complaint, the investigation into the missing money revealed that Linder allegedly had a gambling problem and was spending large amounts of money on pull tabs at another local business.

On Feb. 14, Linder confessed to authorities that he developed a gambling problem and took the cash deposits without permission, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, Linder faces up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]