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Bookkeeper accused of stealing $60,000 from optometrist

DETROIT LAKES - The longtime bookkeeper at Morrison Eye Care here is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from her employer over a half-dozen years.Twyla Kay Bucholz, 52, of 1137 Garnet Boulevard, Detroit Lakes, has been charged with felony thef...

DETROIT LAKES – The longtime bookkeeper at Morrison Eye Care here is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from her employer over a half-dozen years.

Twyla Kay Bucholz, 52, of 1137 Garnet Boulevard, Detroit Lakes, has been charged with felony theft in Becker County District Court.

As the bookkeeper for more than 20 years at Morrison Eye Care, she was responsible for accounts receivable and making all deposit, according to court records.

After owners hired a consultant to do an on-site evaluation, it was recommended that her job description be changed. She was unwilling to switch her job description and quit on April 1.

After Bucholz left, owners noticed they had more money in the bank deposits.

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They reviewed records from 2011 to the present and learned that deposits for the last six years had been short, as Bucholz allegedly took increasing amounts of money.

In 2011, the deposits were short a total of $910 for the year.

In 2012, deposits were short a total of $2,282.

In 2013, deposits were short a total of $7,502.

in 2014, deposits were short a total of $11,102.

In 2015, deposits were short a total of $32,700.

So far this year, deposits have been short $7,905.

The total amount missing is $62,408, according to court records. All missing funds had allegedly occurred when she did the deposits.

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When confronted by the owners, Bucholz allegedly admitted taking $5,000 from the cash payments that was offset by insurance.

On Tuesday District Judge Jay Carlson issued an order of detention.

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