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Employee charged for unauthorized 'borrowing' from RHS

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Rosemount, 55024
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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

A woman who police say was using a Rosemount High School account as her own personal ATM faces felony charges after co-workers found a number of checks she'd written to the school.

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Bookkeepers at Rosemount High School found the checks last November when Helen Alice Penney, 55, was out sick. There were several checks from Penney's account written to the school with writing in the memo portion of the check that appeared to indicate the checks were for personal items. Nobody could explain why Penney would have written so many checks to the school.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Penney was taking cash from the school's accounts and writing the checks to keep track of what she'd taken. In a statement to police Penney admitted borrowing money from the school. She said she paid the money back when she had it by depositing the checks. She said she also sometimes paid the school back with cash.

Police found checks dating back to April of 2006. In all, the checks found at the school indicate Penney took $6,246.53.

Penney now faces five felony theft charges. Each carries a potential sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000.

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