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Former treasurer for Carlos charged with felony theft

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - The former treasurer for a small central Minnesota town faces a felony charge after an investigation discovered she had written more than $34,000 in checks to herself to pay off personal debt.

After reviewing financial records for the city of Carlos, the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor discovered that the former city treasurer, Bambi Alexander, received a total of $34,585.31 in unauthorized city checks between February 2011 and June 2012. Alexander was terminated after more than four years working for the city of Carlos.

Alexander, 37, of Carlos, has been charged with one count of felony theft, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. A court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 25.

The auditor's office investigation revealed that $32,983.17 in checks were written to Alexander that were not paychecks and were not included on registers presented to the council for approval. A total of $1,111.62 in duplicate paychecks were written to the treasurer, $208.60 in inflated paychecks were written and a check written to the treasurer for $281.92 more than the authorized amount was also discovered, according to the auditor's office.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ron Boyden interviewed Alexander, during which time she admitted to taking money from the city of Carlos, according to court documents.