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 user 2010-05-03 at 11:46:15 am Views: 52
  • #23450
    Woman sentenced to probation, fine in fraudulent ink
    return case

    WILLMAR — Kelly Marie
    Lipinski, 41, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to five years of
    probation and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines on two felony theft charges
    for making false ink cartridge re-turns at a local office supply store
    and pocketing the money.

    According to court records, Lipinski
    already paid $5,776.67 in restitution on April 13. As part of her
    sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, she was ordered
    to attend a victim impact panel and a property crime impact panel,
    ordered to write a letter of apology and ordered not to enter Office Max
    in Willmar.As part of a plea agreement, another felony theft charge was
    dismissed. Lipinski received a stay of imposition on her sentence,
    under which the felony convictions could be reduced to misdemeanors if
    she complies with the terms of her sentence.

    The charges were
    filed in September after Office Max loss prevention personnel contacted
    Willmar police and reported there were an unusually high number of
    returns of cash refunds at the local store recorded as made by
    Lipinski.The majority of the sales were for ink cartridges, which
    typically were not re-inventoried because they are usually opened when
    returned. Office Max officials had tracked down a customer who had
    purportedly made a return, logged by Lipinski. The person denied making
    the return.

    The officials had already interviewed Lipinski, who
    admitted to making the false returns, then taking cash refunds at the
    end of her shift. She reported the theft was of $3,682.04 on 44 returns
    this year, and about $4,800 last year. She had provided a written
    admission to store officials.Lipinski was interviewed by police and
    explained she had looked up the electronic receipts in the store’s
    computer, picked cash transactions, entered a refund and then took the
    cash at the end of her shift.The total theft was for $5,776.67 from July
    2008 to August 2009.