MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A woman who kept the books at an Eagan car wash was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison for swindling $350,000 from her employer.

Connie Marie Rogers, 46, of Apple Valley, was charged with nine counts of felony theft by swindle, and one count of gross misdemeanor theft by swindle, in connection with the theft between 2008 and 2012.

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“We are pleased to have held this offender accountable for this significant financial loss,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

According to the criminal complaint, Rogers stole the money by fraudulently writing excess payroll checks to herself while she was employed as the company controller.

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When confronted in December 2012 by the manager and owner, she admitted she would issue excess payroll checks to herself and then void the checks so that they would not show up on her W-2 statements.

To cover up these payments, Rogers said she would transfer money from one account to another in lump sums.

She claimed she needed the money to help pay health insurance and medical expenses.

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