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Forum staff reports, Published September 06 2012

Change of plea set in Derby Girls theft case

FARGO – The former Derby Girl who has previously denied stealing thousands of dollars from the organization is scheduled to change her plea next month.

Louise Jauss was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on a felony theft charge, but the trial has been canceled and a plea hearing is set for Oct. 8 in Cass County District Court.

According to court documents, Derby Girls members suspected Jauss, the club’s treasurer, of stealing $21,000 from the organization. Court records allege a private auditor found about $13,000 in unauthorized transactions, mainly ATM withdrawals.

Jauss pleaded not guilty to the theft charge on May 31. The Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A message left for Jauss’ attorney Thursday morning had not been returned.