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Former manager of Grand Forks bike club pleads guilty to stealing more than $27,000 from group

Ronald Martin

A former manager for a Grand Forks off-road bicycle club has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $27,000 from the nonprofit.

Ronald J. Martin, 49, was sentenced Feb. 15 in Grand Forks District Court to 360 days in jail, but 330 days will be suspended for three years if he doesn't violate probation and pays $26,000 in restitution. He also was ordered to pay $775 in fees.

Martin was charged in September with theft, a Class B felony, after an investigation revealed he used a debit card with Red River BMX Racing to rack up $27,718 in personal charges, according to court documents. He also used the organization's checking account to write a check for $385 to pay for youth baseball fees, charging documents said.

Martin had volunteered with the group since 2011 before becoming the manager in April 2017.

He was allowed to serve the remaining 30 days through an electronic home monitoring program instead of in jail.