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Treasurer for Bemidji Masonic Lodge accused of stealing $35K, partly to pay for girlfriend's expenses

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BEMIDJI - The former treasurer of the Bemidji Masonic Lodge has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he stole more than $35,000 from the Lodge.


Nathan Arlo Pochardt, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded not guilty Monday in Beltrami County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle, at which time a notice was entered to seek aggravated sentencing in the case.

Pochardt's next court date is scheduled for June 12 with pre-trial scheduled for Aug. 21.

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