Convicted Burglar says he Alerted Authorities to Wappes Cash Stash

By KBJR News 1

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM CST

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- We learned new details Wednesday surrounding the case of a Carlton County landfill employee charged with allegedly stealing thousands in taxpayer money.

Yesterday we learned about a string of complaints against Wappes as a landfill worker, dating back 20 years..

No disciplinary action was taken against Wappes at the time of the complaints. That changed after new administrator took over in 2012.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler told us today the previous administrator at the landfill has been interviewed by investigators regarding the criminal case against Wappes, but Pertler declined to elaborate on the nature of the inquiry.

Pertler also told us they are considering involving the Internal Revenue Service in the investigation, to determine whether federal tax evasion charges may also apply.

Now, in what may be the most surprising twist yet in this case, a man has come forward saying he burglarized Wappe's house on two different occasions in the Fall of 20-10.

Court documents confirm David Michael Smith of Grand Rapids was charged with second degree burglary and felony theft after robbing Wappe's home in September and October of that year.

Smith told our reporters he took forty thousand dollars from Wappes the first time, and ninety thousand the second time.

However, the criminal complaint states that Smith took just fourteen thousand dollars.

Smith says he alerted authorities to the unusual amounts of cash that Wappes had in her possession at that time and is left wondering why an investigation was not done then.

It is unknown if the money was ever returned to Wappes. Smith served eight months in jail for the crime.

Now Wappes appeared in court Tuesday on theft charges but because she still doesn't have an attorney a continuance was granted.

She will be back in court on October 23.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnatI@kbjr.com

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