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Apple Valley Woman Charged in Major Theft
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Connie Marie Rogers, age 46 of Apple Valley, has been charged* with nine counts of felony Theft by Swindle and one count of gross misdemeanor Theft by Swindle in connection with the loss of almost $350,000 from Paradise Car Wash in Apple Valley between 2008 and 2012.

The criminal complaint filed today alleges that Rogers stole this money by fraudulently writing excess payroll checks to herself while she was employed as the controller for Paradise Car Wash.  When confronted in December 2012 by the manager and owner of this business, Rogers acknowledged that she would issue excess payroll checks to herself and then void the checks out so they would not show up on her W-2 tax statements.  To cover up these payments, Rogers said she would transfer money from one account to another in lump sums.  She claimed she needed the money to pay health insurance and medical expenses.

Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint.

Backstrom commented:  “This major economic crime is the 31st case involving losses in excess of $100,000 which were charged in Dakota County since 2003.”

Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.

Rogers is not in custody at this time.  A warrant has been issued for Ms. Rogers’ arrest.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4400.

*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.