Minot Landfill employee arrested in embezzlement investigation

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot woman faces a series of felony charges on accusations she embezzled more than $30,000 while working at the city landfill between 2018 and 2019.

Prosecutors have charged 39-year-old Katherine Bauer with B-felony theft of property and C-felony tampering with public records.

The issue came to light after an internal audit revealed issues with the landfill’s customer transactions.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Department, who handled the investigation to avoid a perceived conflict of interest, says they received word from the city of inconsistencies with funds received at the landfill.

According to the criminal affidavit, investigators say surveillance footage from two dates in December of 2019 shows Bauer voiding transaction slips where customers paid in cash, and then pocketing that amount of cash on her own.

They say the losses at the landfill date back to June of 2018, and Bauer would have worked at the landfill the entire time.

The amount of money unaccounted for totals $30,290.68.

Bauer was arrested Wednesday and, according to online records, has bonded out, though a court appearance has not been scheduled yet.

A spokesperson for the city of Minot tells Your News Leader that Bauer’s employment was terminated effective Jan. 7.