A former treasurer for the city of Carlos who received more than $34,000 in unauthorized city checks has pleaded guilty to theft.
Bambi Alexander, 38, of Carlos, pleaded guilty June 27 in Douglas County Court to one count of felony theft. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22.
After reviewing financial records for the city of Carlos, the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor discovered that Alexander received a total of $34,585.31 in unauthorized city checks between February 2011 and June 2012. Alexander was terminated after more than four years working for the city.
City of Carlos attorney Thomas Klecker said that since Alexander's termination, the city has implemented a number of changes to prevent this from occurring again. For instance, checks for the city require three signatures: the mayor's, the clerk's and the treasurer's. The Office of the State Auditor found during its investigation that some checks did not contain all three signatures and some were signed prior to the monthly council meetings. Moving forward, the city will comply with OSA requirements and recommendations, Klecker said.