A Lino Lakes woman convicted of diverting thousands of dollars from an Oakdale business’ accounts into her own must pay $26,000 in restitution to the company.
Samantha Jane Aune, 26, worked as a secretary, bookkeeper and office manager at Decks By Joe, and owners began noticing inconsistencies in their books and hired an outside firm to look into the matter.
The firm notified ownership that there were unaccounted for losses and possible thefts.
Aune had been employed at Decks by Joe since September 2011 and was given power to sign checks on behalf of the company in April 2012, according to the criminal complaint.
In June 2012 Aune was fired from Decks by Joe, which turned over bank statements to Oakdale investigators who in turn asked another outside firm to look at the books.
That firm provided Oakdale police with a detailed breakdown of money that was transferred from the company’s account into Aune’s, according to the criminal complaint.
Convicted of theft-divert corporate property, Aune was also placed on probation for 10 years.