Mayo Clinic parking supervisor accused of swindling ramp funds

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) —  A Rochester man is being prosecuted for allegedly stealing large amounts of cash from Mayo Clinic’s parking ramp deposits.

Timothy Stafford, 47, worked as the supervisor of the Clinic’s parking ramp system during 2015 and 2016.

After getting tips from other Mayo employees that Stafford was stealing cash from deposits, an audit later revealed $171,122 was missing from what should have been deposited in the bank over a five-month period.

Stafford is now named in a criminal complaint with ten felony charges, five for Theft by Swindle and five for Theft-Divert Corporate Property.  His First Appearance on the charges is set for April 25 in Olmsted County District Court before Judge Christina K. Stevens.

After discovering the loss, Mayo Clinic investigators said they found $1,758.11 in cash in Stafford’s office, along with 29 credit cards, jewelry, iPads and phones, one passport, four driver’s licenses and 12 insurance cards.

The investigators searched his accounts for unusual purchases and said Stafford had purchased things like a camper trailer and motor home in the year prior to the audit.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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