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Wendy Reuer, Published March 22 2012

Felony theft charge filed after audit claims Derby Girls treasurer stole $13,000

FARGO – The former treasurer for the local roller derby league is facing a felony theft charge after an audit allegedly found she stole about $13,000 from the Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls.

Louise Jauss of Fargo was charged last week in Cass County District Court with one count of theft of property. The charge is a Class C felony that can carry a punishment of up to five years in prison upon conviction.

According to court documents, an accountant for the Derby Girls estimated Jauss had stolen more than $21,000. An audit by Eide Bailly later found about $13,000 in “unauthorized transactions.”

Fargo police allege Jauss mainly took money from the Derby Girls’ account by ATM. She’s accused of then using that money for personal expenses such as her home cable bill, court documents said.

According to the police report, Jauss told league members she was under the impression that if she paid everything back, charges would not be filed.

Jauss, who used the derby nickname VooLou Child, estimated she owed about $8,670 to the roller derby league, court records say.

The derby league is a nonprofit without any paid staff. Tyia Patnaude, head of marketing and public relations for the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls, said last month the league discovered something was amiss in October and hired a forensic auditor to investigate.

Since, the group has had to cut back on advertising and hold fundraising events to account for the loss, Patnaude said.

An arraignment is scheduled for Jauss on April 4.