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Woman charged with stealing from RF computer business

Charges were filed last week against a Hammond woman accused of stealing $3,705 from a River Falls business while she worked there in early 2009.

Kimberly A. Arnold, 27, allegedly made unauthorized debit card charges and wrote unauthorized checks from accounts belonging to Quality Computer Services, 408 Kennedy St.

She faces one felony count of theft in a business setting and is scheduled to make her first appearance in Pierce County Court at 10 a.m. Monday, March 29.

The charge is a Class 1 felony and carries a maximum penalty of 3 ½ years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The apparent thefts were first reported by Quality Computer owner Isaac A. Grover, 32, April 28, 2009. When he made the initial report, Grover told police he thought Arnold had been using the company credit card for non-company purchases but he didn't know how much money had been taken or how many items had been charged.

Two months later Grover provided 200 pages of financial transactions that he thought were fraudulent.

In January of this year, River Falls Police Sgt. Jonathan Aubart met with Grover with regard to the April 2009 report.

According to Aubart's report, Grover, who said he had had a personal relationship with Arnold before hiring her in January 2009, provided debit card receipts and payroll records documenting the alleged thefts.

According to Grover, Arnold took $1,499 in unauthorized debit card transactions, $1,082 through unauthorized checks and $1,224 in unauthorized payroll checks during the approximately four months she worked for him.

He said he discovered the transactions near the end of April and ended both Arnold's employment and their personal relationship at about the same time.

Receipts indicate Arnold used the company credit card to make purchases at a day spa, convenience stores and restaurants in River Falls, Ellsworth and Baldwin.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.