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Wabasha Woman Felony Theft Charges




A Wabasha woman is being accused of stealing millions of dollars from her employer and sending it to an online scammer. 


Sharon Schmalzriedt was charged with felony theft last week.


The 61-year-old told investigators that she began an online relationship in 2019 with a man who claimed to need money to access funds he was owed for work overseas. 


Schmalzriedt worked for a Lewiston company remotely from Wabasha doing bookkeeping, payroll and accounts payable. The business was not named in the documents.   


She was fired earlier this year after an audit by her employer found just over $3-million, 751-thousand dollars had been stolen.


She also admitted to taking over $17,000 from a vulnerable adult and giving it to the scammer.

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