Sauk Rapids Woman Charged With Stealing Money From Employer
ST. CLOUD -- A former employee at a Waite Park car dealership is accused of stealing more than a half-million dollars from the company while she was employed there.
The complaint filed in Stearns County District court charges 41-year-old Catherine Murray with six counts of theft by swindle.
Murray is accused of taking the money from the McKay's dealership between September 2014 and December 2015.
According to the criminal complaint, Murray would issue checks to herself and use a signature stamp from her superior to cash those checks. Murray is also accused of keeping customer payments by creating false receipts that the payments had been made.
Investigators say Murray admitted to taking more than $105,000 and giving the money to another person who needed to pay the IRS before receiving their inheritance.
An audit of the company's records showed Murray allegedly took nearly $520,000 during that time period.
She's due in court December 12th.