MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 44-year-old woman from Chokio, Minn., was sentenced to 18 months in prison in Fergus Falls Federal Court on Thursday for stealing $300,000 from the school district she worked for over a 12-year period.

Liana Claassen, who had been the business manager for the Chokio-Alberta School District, was charged on May 2, 2011, with one count of wire fraud in connection with the crime. She pleaded guilty on July 29, 2011.

In her plea agreement, she admitted that between July of 1999 and August of 2010, she used the school district’s computer to pay herself more money than her salary dictated. As the business manager for the school district, Claassen was responsible for the payroll for all district employees and was trusted to authorize bank transfers.

She also admitted to illegally transferring money to her retirement account and covering up the scheme by making misrepresentations to her employers about the district’s financial condition.

Claassen was also ordered to pay more than $260,000 in restitution.

Comments (10)
  1. alligator says:

    she’ll end up serving only 1 year……thats $300,000 she made for 1 year of sitting on her butt in jail…..who says crime doesn’t pay….i’d say it does and rather well…..she should be made to actually serve at least 10 years for the punishment to be meaningful……otherwise its a fantastic trade off if one can commit this kind of crime and get that kind of money and then have to serve only 1 year…….the judge should be made to serve 5 years for being inept and failing society and the people he/she is obligated to serve.

    1. GH says:

      “Claassen was also ordered to pay more than $260,000 in restitution”
      She doesn’t get to keep the money.

    2. NAS says:

      She has to pay pretty much all if it back in restitution. So how is she making “$300,000.00 for one year of sitting on her butt in jail”?

      1. alligator says:

        dont be so foolish…..you really think she hasn’t sqirreled away some of that money?….and just because the judge orders it doesn’t mean they are going to get it…..i bet the courts get less than 10 % of it.

  2. Kevin says:

    My biggest fear in life has occured today. Every story and every crook have been twisted norweigens……. I am afraid diversity ain’t so grand right now.
    Come on dark skinned Norweigens ….. show me your true colors so I may end my pain, crime does pay for you folks in quantity. They catch a few of you but most get away.
    I am wondering if maybe the dark skinned Norweigens have put Amy on a permanent retainer as a getaway take no prisoner driver ?

    1. kevin costner says:

      If you gur it, they will come

  3. pat says:

    She should receive 10 years minimum. What a crock.

  4. hawkeyteter says:

    GH and NAS are you two serious? Just because she was ordered to pay it back doesn’t mean she has the money. She probably went on trips and supported the local indians. She will never work again so they can’t garnish her wages (and who would hire her!!??) So yes she did make $300,000 for sitting in jail for a year!!

  5. aethelbert says:

    You just CAN’T trust white people – they commit crimes.

  6. john says:

    If she stole for a ten year period, she should serve ten years for the crime. She got
    off easy. If she hadn’t of gotten caught, it would still be going on today. I don’t think
    that the whole amount of money will ever be repaid.

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