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Woman caught up in ruse steals from employer

Doesn’t everyone know to ignore strangers who ask you to “invest” money? Apparently not.

A Rochester, MN, woman allegedly caught up in a Nigerian scam now faces charges for stealing from her employer.

Jalaine Holtan said she “borrowed” money from her employer to send advance payments to the scam artists to get a promised $10 million in return, according to the Post-Bulletin. Now she’s charged with felony theft.

Her employer, Casey’s General Store, said it’s missing more than $8,600 from bank deposits.

Police were called July 10 by the area manager for Casey’s after learning from its bank that several deposit bags hadn’t been deposited from one store.

Holtan said she got an e-mail from an attorney who said she was to receive $10 million from investments she’d made in diamonds and oil in Nigeria. She told police she’s given people more than $12,500.

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  • Larry

    You can’t fix stupid. These scams have been going around since the mid 1980’s.

  • Tom C

    I agree with Forrest Gump’s mother.

    “Stupid is as stupid does…”

  • Lisa Mellor

    Do you think she gets emails in jail? I could use a couple bucks

  • R. B.

    Too stupid for words… How has she made it through life thus far? Scary!