Finance director accused of stealing $80K from Minnesota medical clinic

The finance director of Dakota Child and Family Clinic in Burnsville, Minn., is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing nearly $80,000 from the nonprofit clinic since 2016, according to WCCO.

Alia Pranke is charged with three felony counts of theft by swindle after authorities say she used the clinic's funds for personal use, including concert tickets and Amazon purchases. She also allegedly wrote herself unauthorized checks from the clinic's bank account and doubled her salary and hours in the clinic's payroll system, according to the report.

In a written statement to WCCO, Miranda Noll, the clinic's executive director, said: "We are a small organization, and this situation has been personally devastating to us. DCFC's commitment to providing high quality healthcare services continues. We are grateful for the support from our community and look forward to continue providing high quality, cost effective healthcare services to patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. We appreciate the hard work of the Burnsville Police Department and Dakota County Attorney's Office and will continue to work with the authorities to bring this situation to a close."

Ms. Pranke is slated to appear in court Oct. 15.

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