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Frazee woman faces fraud charges

A Frazee woman has made her first court appearance for felony financial transaction card fraud.

Amber Ann Bauer, 19, is charged with stealing over $3,000 of her friend’s money.

According to the complaint, a call came in to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office from a woman claiming there was money missing from her daughter’s Bremer Bank account in Detroit Lakes, on which she was a signer.

Investigations showed there were 15 withdrawals made from that account from November 2013 to March 2014 while her daughter was attending college in Moorhead.

All withdrawls were electronic payments to a US Bank credit card.

Investigators found the card belonged to Bauer, who was a friend of the victim.

According to statements made by the victim, she had given Bauer permission to use the card once in October or November of 2013, of which Bauer paid her back.

She said Bauer did not, however, have permission for the other transactions, that amounted to $3,274.85.