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Woman charged with credit fraud

The Dakota County Attorney's office has filed felony fraud charges against a 27-year-old Rosemount woman who reportedly rang up nearly $500 in charges on a debit card that didn't belong to her.

The card's owner called Rosemount police last October to report the fraudulent activity. Police found video surveillance footage of one of the transactions, made at a liquor store in Rosemount. They identified Stephanie Marie Rudolph as the person using the card.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Rudolph admitted using the card without permission. The total value of the charges was $498.55.

If convicted on a charge of financial transaction card fraud Rudolph could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Housekeeper charged with


Rosemount resident Melinda Joy Webb, 37, was charged of burglary in the third degree in connection with an incident that happened more than two years ago.

Webb was employed as a house cleaner for the family and had access to the home when family members were not home. Webb had last cleaned that house the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 2008, and was given instructions not to clean the room where the Christmas presents were being kept. Shortly after Thanksgiving the victim noticed that cashmere wraps, and a small rust colored leather jacket were missing. The victim did not believe a stranger stole the items because there was no forced entry into the house and the alarm system was not triggered.

In December 2008, Webb called the victim and admitted to stealing the presents and returning them to the store. Shortly after, Webb mailed the victim a letter containing $500 and an apology for stealing the items and returning them for cash.

If convicted Webb could face up to five years in jail and pay up to $10,000 in fines.

Kayla Day