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Former Becker County sheriff charged with swindling county in boat case

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Longtime Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, who resigned abruptly two years ago, has been charged with swindling the public out of money by passing off his old boat as an expensive new one purchased for his department.

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Gordon, 58, of Detroit Lakes, was charged Friday in Becker County District Court with one count of theft by swindle and one count of presentation of a false claim by a public officer, both felonies, and one gross misdemeanor count of misconduct by a public officer.

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