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Police: Woman arrested for embezzling $16,000

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WINNER—A Colome woman has been charged with embezzling an estimated $16,000 from her employers over a period of eight months.

Megan Fast, 28, was hired by Kucera Electric in Winner in November 2017 for accounting and administrative duties, for which she was given access to the company's multiple bank accounts.

On July 12, Wells Fargo reportedly contacted the owners of Kucera Electric to let them know that fraudulent activity had been detected on the company's accounts.

According to a report submitted by Special Agent Jeff Metzinger of the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation on July 18, a Wells Fargo branch manager showed the owners multiple unexplained checks written to Fast and excess payroll direct deposit amounts to Fast. Additional payroll direct deposits totaling $2,800 made to Fast's mother, who had never worked for Kucera Electric, were also allegedly found.

Fast is charged with grand theft by embezzlement, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.