Dealership employee sentenced for embezzling

A former employee of Main Motors, Anoka, who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to embezzling close to $200,000 from the auto dealership, has been placed on probation for 10 years, but won’t serve any jail time.

Vickie Alyn Dreyer, 60, Cottage Grove, had entered a guilty plea in January to a felony theft by swindle in excess of $35,000 count and at sentencing March 7, she was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service work and make restitution to Main Motors.

Probation conditions include releasing her personal finances to the corrections department, attending Gamblers Anonymous and providing proof to corrections, not to take part in any form of gambling, not to enter or be on the grounds of any gambling establishment and not hold any position of any fiduciary responsibility.

The offenses took place between March 2009 and Jan. 31, 2012 when Dreyer was Main Motors’ comptroller and general manager, responsible for all financial matters, including signing checks.

According to the complaint, Main Motors owners became concerned when Dreyer did not show up for work in February 2012 to sign some checks and they learned that she had been gambling heavily at an area casino.

The owners found the dealership’s financial statements not to be in line and spoke to Dreyer about the discrepancies.

She admitted she had opened a personal debit card on the Main Motors account, but planned to pay back the money she had taken from the account.

Main Motors hired an investigator to conduct an audit, which found that between March 2009 and the end of January 2012, Dreyer had used the debit card several times at an ATM at Treasure Island Casino to withdraw a total of $80,250 from the Main Motors account.

In addition, she had used the Main Motors account to write personal checks to herself in the amount of $136,000, not including her salary and bonuses.

According to the complaint, Dreyer has paid back $26,406 leaving $189,810 unaccounted for.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

 

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