A Blaine woman who was charged in 2015 with stealing $450,000 from her employer and said that her ex-boyfriend confessed to the crime in a suicide note, is now accused of stealing over $21,000 from another employer.
A new criminal complaint in Anoka County says that Heidi Lynn Meyer, 31, wrote checks to vendors as part of her job at a Ham Lake flooring and design company where she was hired in January 2018. Over the course of four months from June to October 2018, she wrote fifteen checks to vendors that the business owed money to, but she voided those checks in the business software system and then deposited the checks into her own personal bank account. The checks totaled $21,318.34.
Meyer was charged on June 10, 2019, in Anoka County with one felony count of theft by swindle exceeding $5,000 for the alleged theft.
This is familiar territory for Meyer. Meyer had worked for a Ramsey County roofing and insulation company since 2009 where she was responsible for payroll. In 2015 Meyer was accused of a scheme whereby she disguised electronic transfers to herself as payments to other employees, according to a report on the charges.
When confronted by a business manager Meyer said that someone had hacked her bank account and the payroll system. After Meyer and her manager had spoken to police about the missing money, Meyer told her manager that her ex-boyfriend confessed in a suicide note that he had hacked her bank account and the company’s payroll system.
Meyer ended up pleading guilty in that case to five felony counts of theft by swindle, with the other five felony charges being dismissed at sentencing. She received sentences ranging from 21 months to 60 months on each count. However, she spent less than a year locked up and was placed on supervised release in May 2016. At sentencing Meyer was also ordered to pay fees and restitution of nearly $57,000. As of June 2019, over $56,000 is still unpaid, according to court records.
Meyer was arrested on June 12 by officers with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and booked into Anoka County Jail on a felony parole violation two days after the new complaint was issued. Meyer remains in Anoka County Jail and is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the new charge on July 8.
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