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Former LADCO boss headed to trial for theft

Brad Williams

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A trial on theft charges will be scheduled in La Crosse County for Jorge Beltran, the former head of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation. 

Beltran pleads ‘not guilty’ to accusations that he used a company credit card for personal items, and sought $15,000 in moving expenses, for a total loss of about $30,000. 

LADCO fired Beltran last fall, after the spending came to light.  He had been with the organization less than two years.  No trial date has been set. 

Beltran was arrested in January.  He’s accused of using a credit card issued by the development corporation to make personal buys worth thousands of dollars. 

Police say the purchases included violin rental from a music store, and two electric scooters. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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