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Former Minnesota golf club manager sentenced for stealing $292,000

Samuel Dean Drodofsky

WILLMAR, Minn. – The former general manager of the Little Crow Country Club near Willmar in central Minnesota was granted a stay of adjudication Friday in his criminal case for stealing almost $300,000 from the club while employed there.

Samuel Dean Drodofsky, 57, of Spicer, in April agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony theft. He was ordered Friday to serve 180 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail followed by 15 years of supervised probation.

Judge David Mennis granted a stay of adjudication which will result in dismissal of the charge if Drodofsky successfully complies with all the terms of his probation.

Additional terms of Drodofsky’s sentence include payment of restitution, writing a letter of apology and participating in an offender-victim dialogue if the victim agrees to it. A restitution hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Drodofsky was charged after a new treasurer of the Little Crow Country Club board became suspicious about possible irregularities in the club’s finances. During an internal investigation that began in 2015, Drodofsky allegedly admitted to misappropriating $96,000 of club funds over a four-year period.

He signed a termination agreement in 2016 and repaid the club with two checks totaling $100,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

But a subsequent investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and an independent audit carried out by the golf club revealed additional credit card transactions allegedly for Drodofsky’s personal use, along with almost 70 unexplained checks he allegedly wrote to himself or for cash. The total came to $292,025.

Drodofsky was the pro and general manager of the Little Crow Country Club from 2003 until his termination at the beginning of 2016.

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