CLARA CITY -- A former Clara City bookkeeper charged with seven felony counts of theft by check stood mute during her first court appearance on the charges Monday in District Court in Montevideo.
Brenda Sue Kabisch, 35, of Clara City, did not enter a plea but requested that the court schedule a settlement conference in her case, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson.
She is accused of embezzling $164,283 from her employer, Crossroads Truck Repair Inc., of Clara City, since Jan. 1, 2008.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged thefts came to light March 30, when Clara City Police Chief Ralph Bradley responded to a request by company co-owner Mark Quigley to investigate a theft.
Quigley and partner Charles Olson were discussing the company's checking account. There were a number of checks with no identified payee, and the checks were handwritten rather than computer generated, the complaint stated.
According to court records, Kabisch allegedly stated: "Hey guys, it was me.''
She allegedly admitted to embezzling money from the checking account for 18 months, and believed the amount to be more than several thousand dollars.
During a subsequent interview with Bradley, Kabisch allegedly admitted writing checks on the Crossroads Truck Repair account for her personal use, to pay off credit cards and for monthly bills, the complaint states.
Each of the theft by check counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.