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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from Bemidji employer

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A former employee of Beltrami Industrial Services has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $380,000 from the company.

Suzanne Marie Lofgren, 50, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Beltrami County District Court to felony theft-diverting corporate property. Sentencing was set for Oct. 15.

According to court documents, Lofgren had been employed for 11 years by Beltrami Industrial Services of Solway. As office manager, she had authority to issue checks and make payments on behalf of the business.

"Lofgren had attained a significant position of trust and authority within the corporation," the criminal complaint states.

An investigation found that Lofgren stole $381,689.19 from the company between Jan. 23, 2007, and Oct. 24, 2011, for her personal use.

The company terminated Lofgren after learning of the theft.