BLOOMINGTON — The former director of operations for the city-owned arena is seeking dismissal of 2016 theft charges accusing him of using a company debit card for personal use. 

Webb is charged with theft of government funds for using a VenuWorks debit card for personal travel and expenses during his tenure at the public venue now known as Grossinger Motors Arena. 

Webb's lawyer Shaun Cusack has filed several pre-trial motions, including a motion to dismiss the charges against Webb, who resides in California and did not attend Wednesday's hearing. 

After the hearing, Cusack told The Pantagraph his motion for dismissal of the felony charges is based on his contention that the state has failed to provide sufficient information to support the allegations.

A hearing date on the motions will be set at a March 28 status date. Judge William Yoder has scheduled a May 6 jury trial.

Webb's intention to move forward with a trial comes more than year after he and the state seemed close to a plea agreement to resolve the case. In November 2017, the state added a lower-level felony charge that carries a possible sentence of probation. Webb was expected to agree to restitution as part of his sentence in exchange for the state's dismissal of the more serious charges.

Webb backed away from the plea deal in December 2017 and hired a new lawyer.

VenuWorks officials also paid more than $100,000 to the city of Bemidji, Minn., for Webb's alleged misappropriation of funds when he served in a similar position in that community.

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