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Bookkeeper at Clara City business faces theft charges

CLARA CITY -- Seven felony counts of theft by check have been filed against the bookkeeper for a Clara City business.

The Chippewa County Attorney's Office filed the charges April 7 in District Court in Montevideo against Brenda Sue Kabisch, 35, of Clara City. Her first court appearance is not yet scheduled.

According to court records, Kabisch is accused of embezzling funds from the checking account of her employer, Crossroads Truck Repair Inc., since Jan. 1, 2008. She allegedly stole more than $5,000 for her own use during each six-month period since that time, for a total exceeding $35,000.

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 thousands of dollars.

During a subsequent interview with Bradley, Kabisch allegedly admitted writing checks on the Crossroads Truck Repair account for her own personal use, to pay off credit cards and for monthly bills, the complaint alleges.

Each of the theft by check counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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