Chanhassen Woman Gets 4 Years for Forgery 25 Jan 14

A Chanhassen woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $525,000 in incoming checks to her employer and depositing them into her own bank accounts.

47-year-old Dawn Harriet Curtis was sentenced Friday for seven felony counts of aggravated forgery.

Assistant Carver County Attorney David Hunt called the offense “an egregious employee theft crime involving 407 separate acts of check fraud, all done by the defendant while she was being paid a generous salary by her employer.”

Curtis worked for 26 years as a customer service representative for Island View Entertainment in Chaska.

The criminal complaint alleged that from 2009 to 2012, Curtis put incoming checks from Island View’s clients into bank accounts in her name or in the name of a phony company that she incorporated.

Curtis allegedly spent nearly all of the money paying off personal debts and living a lavish lifestyle.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said “this result serves the interests of public safety since Curtis’s repeated acts of blatant dishonesty resulted in great harm not only to the employer but to other individuals, including honest employees, therefore creating a wide swath of damage.