By Tim Leeds
A local resident charged with embezzling about $20,000 from two nonprofit groups turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.
Douglas Komrosky is charged with felony theft of $20,809.47 from the Fresno Chapter of Walleye Unlimited and Montana Walleye Circuit. He turned himself in about 4 p.m. and was released on his own recognizance, Hill County Sheriff Greg Szudera said. An arraignment has not been scheduled.
Hill County Attorney David Rice said conditions of Komrosky's release include that he be law-abiding, remain in the Havre area and be available to law enforcement personnel at all times.
Komrosky is employed as a paraprofessional with the Havre Public Schools.
A criminal complaint filed by Rice in court Monday alleges that beginning in 1998 Komrosky transferred money from the Fresno Chapter and Walleye Circuit bank accounts to his personal account or wrote checks on the groups' accounts to pay his personal debts.
Komrosky took about $17,000 from the Fresno Chapter account and about $3,000 from the Walleye Circuit account, the criminal complaint said.
The money from the Fresno account, much of which is raised by local fund-raisers, is generally used for maintenance and improvements of the recreation facilities at Fresno Reservoir and other fisheries. The money from Walleye Circuit, which comes from membership dues, is generally used to fund fishing tournaments throughout Montana.
Komrosky told investigators that he had been repaying the money he took by putting cash into the proceeds of a raffle Walleye Unlimited holds each March, the complaint said. Investigators could not find evidence that any additional money had been put into the raffle proceeds, the complaint added.
Rice said no appearances in District Court have been scheduled for Komrosky, but that he doesn't expect it will take long to schedule an initial appearance.
If convicted of the charges, Komrosky could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.