Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, has been charged with one count of felony theft for allegedly stealing money from Luther Haven.

Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, has been charged with one count of felony theft for allegedly stealing money from Luther Haven. At the time of the alleged theft, Borstad was employed at Luther Haven’s Administrator.

According to court documents, between February 8, 2018 and May 31, 2018, Borstad had taken $38,812.59 from Luther Haven.

On May 26, the Montevideo Police Department was contacted by Michael Lund, a board member for Luther Haven, who reported an employee theft. Lund told an officer that the administrator, Tamara Borstad, had been taking money from Luther Haven bank accounts and used her Luther Haven credit card at casinos.

On June 5, 2018, Lund brought information to the police outlining some of the spending that Borstad had been doing. He produced credit card statements that showed a total of 18 transactions: six at Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton, and 12 at Prairie’s Edge Casino in Granite Falls.

After speaking with Lund, the investigating officer spoke with Ann Nordstrom of Luther Haven, who reported that approximately $38,500 was missing. Nordstrom said that there had been cash advances registered at both Jackpot Junction and Mystic Lake Casino.

Nordstrom questioned Borstad about the changes on the March statement, and Borstad allegedly said she had used the wrong card. She then wrote a personal check to cover the charges.

When the April credit card statement came, there were again changes on it from a casino. Again, Borstad wrote out a personal check to cover the charges.

More charges came in on credit card statements in the following months, eventually adding up in total charges to casinos of $12,940.49. At this point, Nordstrom notified the Luther Haven Human Resources department and it was decided to ...

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