Albert Lea Abstract to open for 3 days

Published 6:04 am Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Albert Lea Abstract Co. will be open for three days within the next week for clients to pick up their abstracts that were either seized by police or closed within the business since the company’s owner Linda Tuttle was arrested in June.

Albert Lea Police Chief Dwaine Winkels said the Police Department has kept files that are a part of the criminal proceedings against Tuttle, a former Freeborn County commissioner, who is accused of using her company to divert money into her own accounts for personal use.

Tuttle has been charged with 12 counts of felony theft by swindle, along with one count of racketeering in the case. According to the investigation, more than $1 million in missing funds has been reported.

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Police executed a search warrant on June 22 at Tuttle’s company and removed scores of documents involved with pending files, Winkels said, some of which were several years old.

A news release by the company’s lawyer, Kenneth White of Mankato, states clients will be able to pick up abstracts on the following dates:

  • From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today
  • From 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday
  • From 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21

Albert Lea Abstract is at 205 S. Washington Ave.

In order to pick up an abstract, people need to provide proof of identification and sign a receipt for the abstract.

The news release warns that because the company has more than 200 abstracts, it may be a time-consuming process.

If people have questions, they can contact White of the Law Office of Kenneth R. White in Mankato at 507-345-8811.

Tuttle is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 11.