ELKHORN—An Amerigas employee is charged with crediting customer accounts and modifying refund checks so they were in her name, racking up $28,337.53 from 42 transactions at the Whitewater business.
Jessica A. Klingaman, 36, of 1016 N. Sumac Drive, Janesville, is charged in Walworth County Court with 42 counts of identity theft and one count of theft of over $10,000 by false representation, according to the criminal complaint.
On April 21, two supervisors at the Whitewater propane store reported Klingaman to the police, according to the complaint.
Another employee told the supervisors Klingaman entered refunds or discounts into a customer's account, which created a customer credit balance, according to the complaint. A check would then be generated in the balance amount, but Klingaman would change the customer's name and address to her own.
Klingaman told police she randomly selected accounts and issued fraudulent checks in either her name or her maiden name, Dorsey, according to the complaint. She had access to Whitewater and McFarland Amerigas accounts.
Klingaman told police she issued the checks to herself when she needed money for bills, according to the complaint.
The first transaction was on or about Sept. 29, 2014, and the most recent was April 11, 2016, according to the complaint. Klingaman was a part-time employee in December 2013 and a full-time employee in April 2014.
Klingaman is due in court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.