A former Allina Health executive is facing multiple theft charges related to the alleged embezzlement of $269,000, according to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune.
Suspicions arose in May that former Allina vice president of Talent and Human Resource Services David Matthew Johnson had submitted false mileage and personal reimbursement reports. Fellow employees noticed his mileage expenses were “disproportionate” to others, the Tribune said citing the complaint. Employees looked at the dates and times of meetings Johnson was supposed to have attended, many of them supposedly out of town, and compared them with his work schedule as well as his entrances and exits from the company’s parking garage.
“The investigation found that many of the meetings never happened or Johnson was not in attendance, the complaint said,” according to the Tribune report.
In filing false expense reports, Johnson allegedly filed false expense reports using invoices with the name of a printing company, sometimes altering the amounts, and used his corporate credit card to submit expenses for sporting events tickets, the Tribune said citing the complaint.
When he wasn’t able to substantiate the validity of his expense reports he was first placed on administrative leave and escorted from the company’s Minnesota headquarters, then subsequently fired.
The current complaint against him only includes alleged crimes committed within the five-year statute of limitations.
“Allina investigators believe he began embezzling money from the company around 2004, and that the total amount stolen since is close to $775,000,” the report said.
Johnson is scheduled to appear Feb. 14 in Hennepin County District Court. The investigation headed up by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Fraud Bureau.