Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Jill Lynn Fiedler, age 38 of Rosemount, was charged* late yesterday with one count of Theft by Temporary Control (a felony) in connection with the loss of approximately $8,727.00 from a high school senior party group from October of 2016 through February of 2017.
The criminal complaint filed today by summons alleges that Fiedler stole this money by fraudulently writing checks to herself and paying for her PayPal account while she was volunteering as the treasurer for the parent group planning the senior graduation party at Eastview High School in Apple Valley.
A summary of the allegations include:
Apple Valley police officers spoke with members of the parent group, who indicated that the group was formed to fundraise and organize the senior party for 2017. In February of 2017 they had discovered some unusual transactions involving the bank account for the group. The members stated that the treasurer of the group was the only one with access to the group’s bank accounts. The members checked the bank account records and discovered several checks and debit card transactions totaling $3,787.64 that could not be accounted for and were not authorized by the group. There were also several debit card transactions: including charges from a PayPal account not associated with the parent group’s activities and a cash withdrawal from an ATM totaling $4,939.59.
When Fiedler was interviewed by officers, she admitted to making the transactions. She claimed to have made some of the transaction to obtain cash advances to purchase prize items for the party. She stated that she knew she would have to repay these funds. Officers were informed that as of April 11, 2017, none of the money had been returned to the parent group.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is available online at:
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Backstrom commented: "Financial crimes involving funds solicited to benefit youth activities are especially troubling."
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.
Fiedler was charged by summons, and her first court appearance has been set for August 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.