NICOLLET — The Nicollet Public School Board has accepted the resignation of the athletic director who has been charged with stealing about $1,500 from event funds.
The board last week fired Justin Berg, but at a meeting Monday night accepted his resignation instead, according to Supt. Jack Eustice.
Berg, whose title also included dean of students and director of community education, was charged Oct. 15 in Nicollet County District Court with two counts of felony theft, including one count for stealing public funds.
Nicollet County Sheriff’s Department investigator Marc Chadderdon alleges Berg, 31, of rural Le Sueur County stole $1,495 over “numerous occasions” from ticket sales and concession stand funds.
Court documents indicate Chadderdon caught Berg taking $520 out of the school safe through a hidden camera system on Oct. 11, and Chadderdon said Berg admitted to taking the money and spending some on bills, gas and football cards, which he planned to sell to make a profit. The remainder of the $520 was found in Berg’s vehicle, according to court documents.
Berg denies that account, saying he was transporting the money to the concessions stand.