Linda Tuttle, a Freeborn County commissioner and owner of an abstract company, was arrested Tuesday in connection with fraud allegations.
Police and state officials are apparently investigating two separate cases of insurance fraud and theft, involving two downtown Albert Lea businesses, said the Albert Lea Tribune. One of the businesses, Albert Lea Abstract, is owned by Tuttle.
Tuttle, 59, is a first-term commissioner from the county’s District 5.
Said the paper:
A sign in the door at Albert Lea Abstract on Tuesday said the business is closed. Around noon, people coming for property closings were surprised to find the doors locked. Inside, state and city investigators were rummaging through files and interviewing employees.
The investigation at the other business, the Strong Agency, is related to theft charges brought against Reid Nelson, son of owner Roger Nelson and brother of Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson, the paper said. The Freeborn County attorney’s office is not prosecuting the case and the Steele County Attorney’s office is involved, the paper said.