12/11/2012 2:32:00 PM Theft case dismissed for former Welsh Equipment employee
By Tara Lindquist
Three counts of felony theft, on Monday were dismissed against a Claremont woman accused of theft by swindle.
According to prosecuting attorney Gary Remine, the case against Deborah Kanable was dismissed because the charges could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Kanable was charged with six counts of felony theft on October 29, 2010 for allegedly taking money from Welsh Equipment. The complaint states that an employee had been using company funds to buy automotive parts from Scharf Auto Supply, Pomp's Tire Service, purchase office supplies from Innovative Office Solutions and pay cell phone bills to Alltel. The amount of money she allegedly took from the business totaled $18,570.48.
Remine stated there was evidence that the accusations of theft were retaliation of a sexual harassment claim Kanable had made against an employee of the company and that there were witnesses that stated buying car parts through the business was a known business practice and other employees had done it as well. There was also evidence that Kanable had made repayment to the company for the auto parts.
Kanable was originally charged with six counts of felony theft, three of the charges were dismissed in April due to statute of limitations.
The final three charges were dismissed with out prejudice; meaning, if more evidence is found Kanable could be recharged. Remine stated that is very unlikely to happen.