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Lanesboro woman charged with stealing from employer


Fri, May 25th, 2007
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Shayla Christine Gerhke, 36, of Lanesboro, was charged in Fillmore County District Court with 12 felony counts of theft, for taking more than $10,000 belonging to Fillmore Family Resources, where she was employed. Fillmore Family Resources is a victim services organization based in Preston. Gerhke, faces more than 10 years in prison and/or fines of $20,000. She is free pending her arraignment on June 12.

According to court records, between May 5, 2006 through March 29, 2007, Gerhke is alleged to have written checks totalling $9,766.25 on company accounts and taken approximately $1900 from a petty cash fund. The money was used to pay personal expenses, including utility bills, day care costs, car repairs, telephone bills, and cash for personal use.

The authorities were alerted to the thefts in April 2007 when the Lanesboro City Administrator asked Lanesboro/Preston police chief Matt Schultz if it was a normal practice for an organization to pay personal utility bills. Schultz contacted Sheriff Daryl Jensen who serves on the board of Fillmore Family Resources.

Because of the relationship between Fillmore Family Resources and local law enforcement and court services, the Olmsted County Attorney's office is prosecuting the case.

Felony charges

• Donita Andrews, 30, of St. Charles, was charged in District Court on May 21, 2007, with one felony count of theft by check.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 28, 2006, Andrews paid for car repairs at Greenleafton Repair with a check on a bank account that she knew had insufficient funds.

Judge Robert Benson released Andrews on her own recognizance pending her next court appearance on June 4, 2007.

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