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Hastings woman accused of fleecing Hudson grocery store

Marty J. Borash

A former Hudson grocery store employee pocketed more than $9,000 in transactions, according to charges filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors allege 50-year-old Marty J. Borash, who managed the Family Fresh's Caribou Coffee stand, would load up gift cards and then use those cards to pay for customer transactions. Borash kept the cash customers would hand her and did so for more than two years, according to a criminal complaint.

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The Hastings woman made her initial court appearance March 27 on one count of felony theft. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham released her on a signature bond in advance of an April 10 preliminary hearing.

According to the complaint:

Hudson police were called in June 2017 to the store, where a parent-company investigator reported an internal theft. Officers learned she had just been fired.

The company reported a $13,580 loss, though Borash said she wasn't responsible for the full amount. She confessed to stealing $9,000 since June 2015, the investigator told police.

Family Fresh employees work the in-store stand at Caribou Coffee, which contracts with the grocer. Transaction programs used by Caribou weren't initially compatible with the grocer's cash-auditing programs.

Borash, who had worked for Family Fresh since 2008, was questioned after company officials identified a variance in a gift card audit.

The complaint notes a 2007 St. Croix County misdemeanor theft charge against Borash had been dismissed.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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