Great Falls MT Feb 13 2017
A Great Falls woman is accused of stealing more than $5,000 from the grocery store at which she worked over a six-month period.
Meloney Louise Kraus was charged with felony theft in Cascade County District Court for allegedly stealing $5,144.99 in cash and merchandise. If convicted, she faces a possible 10-year sentence in Montana State Prison and a maximum of $50,000 in fines.
Great Falls Police on Friday responded to a theft report at Albertsons, where one of the loss prevention officers said they had been investigating an employee for theft. According to court documents, Kraus admitted stealing the money to the loss prevention officers.
Kraus said she took $4,846 by double and triple scanning customer receipts from the Coinstar machine, stealing cash from the drawer, ringing up merchandise and pocketing the cash, processing her own utility bill without actually providing payment for it and processing fake refunds to pocket the cash, according to court documents.
She also admitted to stealing $298.99 in merchandise from the store, charging documents state.
The prevention officer reported the thefts occurred between September 2016, when Kraus was hired, and Feb. 1.
Kraus has convictions in California and Montana, including felony bail jumping, felony assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm, multiple DUIs, felony possession of narcotic control substance, felony possession of a controlled substance and several misdemeanors.
The state requested her bail be set at $10,000.
Great Falls Tribune