Cynthia Marie Van Dusartz allegedly stole close to $700,000 from one of her customers at the bank where she worked. She worked at a bank in St. Paul for the past 30 years. A customer called the bank and said that money was missing from his account and said that he had always dealt with Duzartz in the past. She then left the bank right away when the customer called to inquire about the missing money. She had opened many fake bank account under fake names. One of the accounts including her dead sister’s name. Investigators were able to track $640,000 from the customer’s account into one that Duzartz created. The accounts showed that she took out large amount of money at many different casinos including one in Las Vegas. She also took her passport from the security deposit at the bank bank which was suspicious. She ended up turning herself in and declined to make a statements. The bank is currently looking to see if she stole money from other customers at the bank. Her next court appearance is on February 17, 2016. She is facing serious felony charges and is facing significant prison time.
Degrees of Theft
Petty theft occurs when the property stolen is $500 or less. The sentence for petty theft is up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000. If the property is valued between $500 to $1,000, it is a gross misdemeanor. The penalty for a gross misdemeanor is up to one year in jail and/or $3,000. If the property is between $1,000 to $5,000, the penalty may be up to five years of prison and/or a fine up to $10.000. Theft may include: theft of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance, theft when the value of the property or services stolen is more than $500 but not more than $1,000, and the person has a conviction of a similar offense within the preceding five years, either in Minnesota or elsewhere, or the property stolen is not worth more than $1,000, and is taken from a corpse, grave, or coffin; or is a public or court record; is taken during a riot or disaster, etc. See Minnesota Statue 609.52 Subd. 3(3). for a full list of offenses. If the theft is more than $5,000, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $20,00
Dusartz will need an experienced Ramsey County criminal defense attorney to advocate and fight the charges against her. Do not wait until court to hire an attorney. You should consult with an attorney immediately if you have been charged with theft. Contact Keller law Offices to discuss possible defenses and strategy. A Ramsey county Defense attorney will be able to view to evidence and see if the proper procedures were followed. A Ramsey County Defense Attorney may be able to challenge the evidence in your case. A defense attorney may also challenge the constitutionally of the statute and the laws in the state. Max Keller is a criminal attorney in Ramsey County, Minnesota. Keller Law Offices offers free consultations. Call 952-913-1421 to talk with a criminal attorney licensed in Minnesota. Max Keller has handled many theft cases, the attorneys at Keller Law Offices have also had theft cases dismissed before trial.