Ex-conservation exec charged with embezzlement

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A grand jury has charged a former executive director of a conservation district with five counts of theft of federal funds.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said yesterday Marshall resident Tracy Lynn Bronson, who was executive director of the Calhoun Conservation District, is accused of embezzling more than $5,000 each year from 2014-17.

The indictment further alleges that in each of those years, Bronson issued a series of unauthorized checks to herself that were drawn on the Calhoun Conservation District’s credit union account. In total, according to the indictment, Bronson allegedly withdrew and attempted to withdraw more than $500,000 between January 2014 and August 2017.

The indictment also alleges that in 2014, 2016 and 2017, the Calhoun Conservation District received $10,000 in benefits from a federal program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and/or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

If convicted, Bronson could face up to 10 years in federal prison and pay a fine of $250,000 on each count.

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