By Libby Ryan
A promoter of Lumberjack Days festival in Stillwater was charged with 10 felonies on Friday.
David W. Eckberg, 61, was charged with five counts of issuance of a dishonored check and five counts of theft by check after a year-long investigation by local law enforcement and prosecutors, according to the Star Tribune.
The bad checks totaled $54,859, according to criminal charges filed in Washington County District Court.
Eckberg allegedly deposited over $41,000 into personal bank accounts instead of paying money owed to beer suppliers, a lighting company, and a youth hockey booster club.
Eric Thole, Eckberg's attorney, said his client had no intention of swindling anyone and that the festival had financial problems because of the weather, said Minnesota Public Radio.