A supervisor in the accounts payable department at Hamline University stole more than $150,000 from the school by creating fake vendor accounts and cashing checks issued by the university into her personal bank account, charges say.
Teresa Ann Garin, 51, was charged with three counts of theft by swindle for her role in an elaborate financial scheme that played out between the summer of 2015 and this past winter, according to the criminal complaint filed against her Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court.
Police began investigating her alleged embezzlement after Wells Fargo alerted Hamline’s chief financial officer that several of the university’s checks were being deposited into Garin’s personal account.
Officers later uncovered that Garin had issued or cashed nearly 70 checks from her employer totaling about $160,000, the complaint said.
She also looped her daughter and the father of another of her daughter’s children into the scheme by creating fictitious vendor accounts in their names and depositing checks into them, authorities say. Rachel Marie Latimer, 24, and Zarice Lee Hoyt, 30, both of St….