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Northwest Iowa woman accused of stealing $24K from employer

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CALUMET, Iowa | A Northwest Iowa woman is accused of embezzling more than $24,000 from a company where she worked. 

Jamie Marie Riedemann, 32, of Calumet, was booked into the O'Brien County Jail Tuesday on multiple felony charges including four counts of theft, three counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and tampering with records. 

Court documents say Riedemann was the business office manager for Calumet Carriers in Calumet. The alleged crimes took place between January 2014 and August 2016.

The steepest allegation says she turned in fraudulent time cards during that period that resulted in an overpayment of more than $10,000. Documents say she frequently and deliberately submitted inaccurate amounts of hours worked, vacation time, personal time and overtime. 

An additional accusation says she used company credit cards to illegally pay for clothing, fuel, meals, household goods, groceries and electrical work to a property she owned. She is then believed to have paid the credit card companies for those purchases with Calumet Carriers' funds.

She is also accused of writing company checks reimbursing herself for clothing, vehicle mileage, and cell phone usage that were not authorized by company policy or approved for payment.  

The documents said she spent about $5,500 in unauthorized personal purchases; $4,600 in personal electrical work; wrote $1,200 worth of unauthorized reimbursement checks; and used $1,000 on the company card to pay for personal items purchased from Amazon.com.

The criminal complaint said she would delete the purchases from the company's accounting system and direct funds from another division of the company to cover the unauthorized expenses.     

Riedemann is also suspected of misappropriating funds on instances involving the City of Calmuet, a town of about 170 people in southern O'Brien County. 

In August 2015, Riedemann bought a computer and software for the city for $1,218.48 from Sam's Club in Sioux City. The documents said she used a Calumet Carriers' checking account to pay for the computer and then submitted a bill to the city for reimbursement that directly funneled into her personal account instead of the company's.

The documents say a similar case occurred in January 2016 when Riedemann used a company card to buy a computer for the Calumet Fire Department. The price of the computer was $639.86 and again the bill submitted to the city said she paid for it herself.   

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