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Forum Communications, Published December 05 2012

Judge issues warrant for former utility official

DULUTH – A Minnesota district court judge on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a former Minnesota Power official accused of stealing from the company, but who, for 22 months, has repeatedly failed to appear in court to face the charges against her.

Susan Kay Thompson, 54, is charged with the theft of more than $100,000 of corporate property. The defendant worked as director of customer service for Minnesota Power for more than 20 years until resigning on Jan. 25, 2010.

St. Louis County prosecutor Nathaniel Stumme said Thompson has an “extraordinary history of failures to appear.”

That history dates back to Thompson’s failure to appear for her scheduled arraignment on the charges on Feb. 3, 2011.