Embezzler Sentenced to 41 months 10 Sep 11

A former Le Sueur man has been sentenced to more than three years in fedeeral prison on a federal embezzlement charge. Delroy Joseph Sand, Jr. was also ordered to pay nearly $650,000 in restitution to the retirement funds of his former Hecla employees. Sand was the trustee for the savings plan as well as the owner. Hecla provides adult foster care and operates group homes as well as offers mental health services to customers throughout southern Minnesota. Prosecutors accused Sand of stealing the money from the retirement funds to support his lifestyle, a gambling habit and to buy race horses. The federal sentence requires Sand to pay a minimum of 50-percent of his prison earnings toward restitution, and then once he is released, he will have to pay a minimum of $300 per month. Sand is also facing a felony theft charge in Stearns County for allegedly taking out a loan to buy a van and then keeping the cash. Hecla’s assets are now in foreclosure.