City leaders held a press conference about the situation late Monday afternoon.
City staff said they noticed some discrepancies in its utility fund. They thought it was a program error at first, but the investigation led them to an employee. The city said that person’s name, which hasn’t been released yet, had manipulated computer software to embezzle money.
City leaders still aren’t sure how much money was stolen. Cottage Grove Police is leading this investigation. So far, no charges have been filed.