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Police chief statement on Nov. 14 arrest of former Shakopee Public Schools superintendent

Post Date:11/14/2017 1:15 p.m.

After a nearly six-month investigation, the Shakopee Police Department has arrested former Shakopee Schools Superintendent Rod Thompson. Thompson was booked into the Scott County Jail today and is awaiting formal charges from the Scott County Attorney’s Office.

Our investigation revealed that Rod Thompson abused his district-issued credit card and purchased several items for personal use. Some of the items include:

  • Trips (airfare and hotels)
  • Various electronics from a TV to an Xbox
  • Tickets to the Grand Ole Opry
  • Sports décor and memorabilia
  • Alcohol flasks
  • Jewelry
  • Cowboy boots

Our investigation also showed that Mr. Thompson committed fraud with his contractual adoption benefit. Over the five years allowed by state statute, our investigation revealed $73,642.26 in fraudulent purchases and reimbursements by Thompson. Further details about the case and formal charges will come from the Scott County Attorney’s formal complaint.

Our department conducted a fair, impartial and very thorough investigation into Mr. Thompson’s P-card usage. I am very proud of our staff’s work on this case, which was extremely labor intensive and time consuming. This involved our entire investigations unit, which poured over copious amounts of financial records and conducted numerous interviews.

The FBI continues to investigate, and we are not able to comment on its investigation at this time.

 - Jeff Tate, Chief of Police