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Glyndon worker for Merry Maids house-cleaning service accused of stealing pain medication from homes

FARGO – A Glyndon, Minn., woman admitted she used her job with a house cleaning service to steal prescription drugs from about 20 of her clients’ homes, prosecutors allege.

McKenzie Helen Moe, 22, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with three counts of theft, all Class C felonies.

According to court documents, a client of the Merry Maids house-cleaning service went to Fargo police March 27, saying he and his wife noticed hydrocodone caplets missing from a bottle of pills he hadn’t started taking yet.

The client said he contacted Merry Maids and management there confirmed they had some issues with Moe, who had been recently promoted to quality control supervisor.

Another Merry Maids client contacted Fargo police in May, saying he noticed 12 of his Ritalin pills were missing, and the Merry Maids employees would have been the only ones with access to his home.

Merry Maids officials reportedly told that client to contact police because there was an ongoing investigation regarding Moe.

Two weeks later, police took another call from a Merry Maids client who said she noticed oxycodone pills missing from her home – more than 250 pills from June 2011 to July 2013.

She told police she contacted a member of Merry Maids management, who told her Moe had sent text messages saying she was “100% guilty,” and that she was going to seek psychiatric help for her pill thefts, according to court records.

Police in June interviewed Moe, who reportedly admitted she had an addiction to prescription pain pills that she attributed to the stress of having children and her job at Merry Maids. 

Moe said during the interview that she would take Oxycodone, hydrocodone and Adderall from homes she was cleaning. She estimated she took pills from about 20 or so homes, court records say.

Moe told police her employment with Merry Maids ended in early May. She said she took a new job with Gibree Custom Cleaning, began a peer assistance program for her drug addiction and was drug-free and trying to turn her life around.

Merry Maids performs full background checks and random drug tests on employees, manager Kayla Otteson said. A background check on Moe did not turn up anything problematic, she said. Moe had no prior criminal record in North Dakota or Minnesota, according to online court records.

Moe “was terminated immediately” after a customer complaint, Otteson said.

Gibree Custom Cleaning could not be reached for comment.

No phone number could be found for Moe. Her first court date has not been set.

Forum reporter Adrian Glass-Moore contributed to this report.