Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 14, 2002

Check swindling scheme hits at Lester Prairie bank

By Julie Yurek

A warrant is out for the arrest of a Glencoe woman after she and a friend conspired to felony theft by swindle at the First Community Bank in Lester Prairie.

An employee of the bank informed the police department that Pari Jo Dittmar, 43, of Glencoe, deposited two checks into First Community Bank, one in the amount of $800 and the other for $900, for a total of $1,700, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

The checks were drawn on the account of Michelle Schultz-Boettcher and were made payable to Dittmar. The checks were on a closed account, according to the Lester Prairie Police Department.

Schultz-Boettcher has warrants out for her arrest on similar charges, but are unrelated to the case in Lester Prairie, according to Chief of Police Bob Carlson.

Of the first check for $800 deposited Aug. 31, $500 was in cash, and the remaining $300 went into Dittmar's savings account.

Of the second check for $900 that was deposited Sept. 1, $500 was again in cash, and the remaining $400 was put in the savings account.

A few days later on Sept. 4, Dittmar withdrew $600 from her savings account.

As a result of the two checks being deposited on a closed account, Dittmar was able to obtain $1,600 in cash that she was not entitled to, Carlson said.

"Pari Dittmar and Michelle Schultz-Boettcher are well acquainted and both are involved in other check schemes in two communities in McLeod County," Carlson said.

The maximum penalty for the violation is five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

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