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Former Darwin city clerk charged with three felony counts of theft
MARCH 22, 2010

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DARWIN, MN – Former Darwin city clerk and liquor store manager Carmen Denise Kolar, 41, of Litchfield, has been charged with three felony counts of theft during her employment with the city.

Following Kolar’s resignation in June, current city clerk Paula Drahos “discovered numerous discrepancies while reviewing the books of the Darwin Liquor Store,” according to the complaint.

Drahos provided the Meeker County investigator with a spreadsheet that disclosed the dates cash was missing from the deposits if cash received at the store by comparing sales receipts and deposits made at the Farmer’s State Bank in Darwin, according to the complaint.

Listed on the complaint were missing deposits from July 2007 through March 5, 2009. The total of missing deposits talllied $13,723.99.

The first count, alone, has a penalty of 10 years in prision and a $20,000 fine, according to the complaint.

It was also noted in the complaint that Kolar was responsible for making all the deposits during this time frame.

During questioning Dec. 3, 2009, Kolar admitted that during the time period between July 2007 and March 2009, “she had, on numerous occasions, taken cash from the till without depositing it at the Farmers State Bank of Darwin as she knew she was supposed to,” the complaint said.

She also stated that the money was taken for “her own daily living expenses.”

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 19 at 3 p.m.


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