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Round Lake woman will serve 90 days in jail for nonprofit fraud case

WORTHINGTON — A rural Round Lake woman will spend 90 days in jail for abusing her role as a local nonprofit’s secretary/treasurer to make personal purchases in excess of $50,000.

Jenny M. Bosma, 47, was sentenced Monday in Nobles County District Court more than one year since 12 felony theft by check charges were filed against her in relation to misappropriating Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club funds.

Bosma was convicted of four felony theft by check charges. Per a plea agreement, eight other charges were dismissed.

Bosma told Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore that her string of spending the club’s money snowballed and amounted to more “wants” than “needs.” According to the criminal complaint, Bosma spent club money at Walmart and Shopko in Worthington, wrote checks to herself and made transfers to a personal PayPal account from 2014 to 2017.

While the initial criminal complaint alleged misappropriation more than $60,000, the parties agreed to $50,000 restitution to the club, $30,000 of which had already been made by Monday’s sentencing. She was ordered to pay the remaining $20,000 on a scheduled basis during a 10-year probationary period, which she may petition for earlier discharge pending final restitution payment.

As part of her sentence, she was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, which may be satisfied by community service work.  

Moore called Bosma’s use of the nonprofit’s funds for personal use a “breach of trust” and “whole different level of fraud.”

“You were able to live this lie for more than three years before this came to light,” he said.

She is scheduled to report to the Nobles County Jail on Jan. 7.