A former Burnsville city employee has been charged with four felonies after using a city-issued credit card to make almost $4,900 in personal purchases, including gift cards and a video gaming system, the Dakota County attorney’s office said Thursday.
Kelly Jo Hansen-Mundahl, 44, of Prior Lake, also was charged with forging documents in connection with making improper withdrawals from the city’s deferred compensation plan, charges said.
Hansen-Mundahl was a recreation supervisor for the city from 2001 until August 2017 and was issued a city credit card in her name to make purchases for city-sponsored events. A review of transactions between February 2015 and August 2017 found she used the cards to make unauthorized purchases totaling $4,897 and included gift cards, an Xbox and a Ninja blender at various stores. No personal purchases were authorized, the charges said.
Hansen-Mundahl could not be reached for comment Friday.
Hansen-Mundahl resigned from her job around Aug. 23, about the time the city asked the Dakota County attorney’s office to begin an investigation.
The city requested the investigation when it learned Hansen-Mundahl submitted forms to make several emergency withdrawals from her deferred retirement plan between 2007 and 2017. One form submitted in August using a city fax machine contained the signature of the city’s former human resources coordinator, who had retired in January. The coordinator said she did not sign the form and did not recall signing forms submitted in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, charges said.
All of the requests appeared to be the same letter and stated she needed the money because her husband lost his job.
Authorities executed a search warrant at her residence and found an Xbox gaming system with a serial number that matched one on a receipt for the purchase on the city credit card. They also found a Ninja blender, the charges said.
Hansen-Mundahl told investigators she bought the items for the Kids of Summer program but took them home when they no longer were being used. She said the gift cards were distributed to two organizations to be used for prizes, but the city’s parks director said there was nothing budgeted for the events, the charges said.
She also told investigators she mixed up paperwork and in August faxed in the wrong form, and that the human resources coordinator had signed the form and told her to date the form herself, the charges said.
Hansen-Mundahl is scheduled to make her first appearance in court in the next month.