Sheriff's office investigating allegedly missing funds from city of Audubon

According to a sheriff's office dispatch report, a caller reported $7,235 in allegedly missing funds from the city of Audubon on Jan. 10 and believed the previous clerk "wrote herself a check."

DLPF web graphic Audubon welcome sign 2020
(Robert Williams / Tribune)
Detroit Lakes Tribune file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

DETROIT LAKES — The Becker County Sheriff's Office is investigating $7,235 in allegedly missing funds, according to a Becker County Sheriff's Office emergency dispatch report.

On Jan. 10 at 12:38 p.m. Shallene Stephenson, the current clerk-treasurer for Audubon, reported the allegedly missing funds on behalf of the city and said she believed the previous clerk "wrote herself a check," according to the report.

The city's former clerk-treasurer, Stephanie Poegel, 44, of Lake Park, left her position in December 2022 and was hired as the city administrator for the city of Frazee.

During a Jan. 9 meeting of the Audubon City Council, Patrick Bakken, an attorney who represents the city of Audubon, said members discussed a possible payroll discrepancy.

"At the meeting, (council members) approved the disbursement of payrolls," said Bakken. "So, they did discuss whether there was a discrepancy in what she paid herself."


Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said, "The incident is currently under investigation by the sheriff's office."

Both Poegel and Stephenson declined to comment.

Lead Multimedia Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.
What To Read Next
In a separate case, an Alexandria man was pulled over and caught with 510 methadone pills.
Ten Detroit Lakes-area nonprofits will be participating in the annual Giving Hearts Day fundraiser, set for Thursday, Feb. 9. Donors can step up and register their gifts at
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Animal Humane Society reportedly executed a search warrant at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 on the 34000 block of Highway 10, 4 miles south of Motley.
The Old Timers Classic Snowmobile Show and Run, hosted by the Midnite Riders, brought out dozens of vintage sleds for the show and more than 400 riders for the run on Saturday, Feb. 4.