The former bookkeeper of the Minnesota grain elevator that was defrauded by its manager has been charged with felony theft by swindle in Grant County District Court at Elbow Lake, reports the Brainerd Dispatch.

Kimberly Marie Dysthe Goeden, 47, of Fergus Falls, MN, was the bookkeeper for Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator during the time that general manager Jerome “Jerry” Hennessey embezzled $5 million, causing the co-op to go insolvent in September 2018.

Prosecutors allege Dysthe Goeden over a four-year period wrote more than $88,000 in unauthorized co-op checks for her own benefit.

If convicted, the maximum sentence could be up to 20 years in prison, plus of a $100,000 fine, according to prosecutor Justin Anderson.

(Story Courtesy of the Brainerd Dispatch)