Best Oil employee charged with stealing from the companyLori Ann Kelley, 43, was charged in Carlton County Court Sept. 4 with three counts of felony theft, with each count covering a different six-month period starting in January 2012 and running through June 25 of this year.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet woman has been charged with stealing from her employer, Best Oil Company.
Lori Ann Kelley, 43, was charged in Carlton County Court Sept. 4 with three counts of felony theft, with each count covering a different six-month period starting in January 2012 and running through June 25 of this year.
According to the criminal complaint, Kelley would allegedly take receipt of payments at the business and allegedly take payments for herself. The business learned of the theft through reviews of suspicious entries in their books and on deposit receipts.
When police contacted Kelley, the complaint stated, she was cooperative and admitted to taking money from the business for approximately the past year and a half. Kelley estimated the range of the theft at between $3,000 and $5,000. The business performed a review of suspect transactions, and believes the amount to be “much higher,” the complaint stated, in excess of $50,000.
Although examination of the financial records continues, the criminal complaint alleges that Kelley took a total of $15,268 from January 2012 to June 2012; $19,560 from July 2012 through December 2012 and $15,719 from January 2013 through June 2013.
An affidavit for restitution was filed Sept. 23.
Assistant Carlton County Attorney Jeffrey Boucher explained that, according to Minnesota statute, if someone is a direct victim of a crime, they can submit an affidavit for restitution.
“It can be ordered by a judge and be a condition of any sentence that the victim gets paid back,” Boucher said, explaining that such an affidavit can apply to any loss associated with a crime, not just theft of money.
After the initial hearing Sept. 4, Kelley was released on her own recognizance. An omnibus hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 16.