Marie F. Przynski charged with stealing from fellow cops


Former Minneapolis Police Lt. Marie F. Przynski was the Minnesota Association of Women Police organization's Officer of the Year in 2002.

In 2007, she was named the 5th Precinct officer supervising community policing efforts in the West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, Lyndale, East Harriet and Kingfield neighborhoods.

Now, the 58-year-old Maplewood woman has been charged with theft by swindle, a felony. And she's now off the force, according to the Star Tribune.

Quoting from the criminal complaint, the paper says Przynski withdrew $1,500 from the bank account for the International Association of Women Police. The group is hosting a training conference in Minneapolis in September.

Przynski put $600 in her bank account the next and then took off for a cruise. When she got back, her precinct commander confronted her.

"Defendant seemed flustered," the complaint read, "said no and said she would go immediately to her office (about 50 feet away) and return with the checkbook to show the inspector that no such withdrawal had been made."

However, Przynski instead went to the bank and moved $1,500 from her personal account to the IAWP's account.

Call it a loan.