FARGO — A Moorhead woman allegedly stole nearly $100,000 from a Fargo billiards hall and restaurant by using information from a check connected to the business to open multiple credit card accounts, according to court documents.
An arrest warrant was issued Friday, Jan. 17, in Cass County District Court for Kathlyn Rebekka Thureen, 35. She faces a Class A felony count of theft for allegedly stealing money between mid-2016 and mid-2018.
The criminal case was filed Thursday, Jan. 16, but the investigation has been ongoing for more than a year, according to a police report filed in district court. Michael Page, the owner of Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, 3234 43rd St. S., first contacted police in late May 2018 about “a large number of smaller transactions” that were put on the business account.
Page said he noticed the transactions — sometimes there were three to four a day — were connected to various credit cards, but neither he nor the Gastropub approved the accounts, according to the report.
The credit card accounts were connected to Thureen, a person Page does not know, the report alleges.
An investigator spoke with Thureen on Oct. 11. She told police she believed the account information she allegedly used to open the accounts was her father’s, the report said.
“Thureen explained to me after questioning she actually did not know the account information was her father’s and said she had just asked her son for account information from a check on the kitchen table,” the investigator said.
The defendant said she was in a “desperate financial situation,” but she also wanted to pay the money back, the report said.
Page’s bank was unable to tell him exactly how much money was taken from his account, but court documents estimate about $96,000 was stolen, with some transactions dating back as far as August 2016.
The Forum reached out to the Gastropub for a phone interview. Page did not call back, but he sent a statement via email.
"Unfortunately, Fargo Billiards & Gastropub has been a victim of someone aware of the vulnerabilities of electronic banking and small institutions," he wrote. "We are thankful for the good work of the Fargo Police Department and the Office of the States Attorney of Cass County."
The name of Thureen’s son was not listed in court documents, and it’s unclear if he will face charges. Court documents did not state if Thureen or her son have any other connections to the Gastropub, but Page told The Forum Thureen's son did not work for the business.
Thureen had not been arrested as of Friday afternoon, and court records did not list an attorney for her.