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Emily Welker, Published February 12 2013

Fargo bookkeeper faces felony theft charges

FARGO – A Fargo bookkeeper is facing criminal charges claiming she stole more than $77,000 from two local companies.

Caryn Ranee Neary, 46, is charged with one count of Class B felony theft, accused of embezzling from Albaugh Enterprises and Wolsky Contracting, both Fargo-based oil field service companies.

According to documents filed Friday in Cass County District Court:

Josh Albaugh and Chad Wolsky told Fargo police in August 2012 that Neary, a private bookkeeping contractor they had both hired, was stealing money from their companies.

Both men reported they’d been working in Dickinson over the past year or so, living out of their vehicles. When Wolsky returned to Fargo in June to get his affairs straightened out, he told police he noticed unapproved and personal purchases and checks being written on his accounts.

Wolsky and Albaugh told police that after they discovered the thefts, they approached Neary, who allegedly admitted she had been spending money on personal things. They told police she said she intended to pay the money back, possibly by selling her house.

Wolsky told police that over the next few weeks, Neary stopped answering phone calls and texts and stopped coming in to work.

Prosecutor Leah Viste said the reason the case was only charged out recently was because the men said they had tried through an attorney to resolve the situation before coming forward to police.

Attempts to reach Neary for comment were unsuccessful.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541


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