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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:00 pm

A Kalispell woman has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft after embezzling from her then-employer.

Taira Desart, 44, embezzled more than $155,000 from Jesco Marine and Power Sports over a span of six years, according to a court document.

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          • MrLaffs posted at 10:54 am on Sun, Jul 28, 2013.

            MrLaffs Posts: 158

            Hey! She studied accounting and bookkeeping in Missoula! Maybe she needed the extra money to feed her sons....

          • JR posted at 4:04 pm on Fri, Jul 12, 2013.

            JR Posts: 3

            I have seen people go to jail for steeling a lot less than 155,000.00! I can not believe the county attorney's office agreed to recommend a suspended sentence! Just wondering who she is going to go steel from next to pay the fines from this FELONY. I do not think it is the business owners fault. Yes, they should be more on top of their books but, these people, this person was put in a trusted position and took full advantage. It is wrong and she needs to be stopped. A slap on the hand is not enough. A little Deer Lodge time should be ordered. As far as pictures, did you try facebook?

          • Kalispell worker posted at 1:46 pm on Fri, Jul 12, 2013.

            Kalispell worker Posts: 70

            This isn't a Flathead, Kalispell, or Lakeside issue. It is country wide. If you have heard of the "fraud triangle" and know anything about it, you would know that it is a pretty basic principle. In a situation where a person has opportunity (bookkeeper), pressure (bills that are late, any need for cash), and rationalization (I need it more than they do, they are rich, I deserve it), there is an 80% likelihood that they will behave poorly. Many great articles that are rather interesting to nerds like me.

          • photoguy posted at 11:02 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            One of the biggest reason this keeps happening, is due to the way a case was handled several years ago by the school district, in which the super did not want to prosecute an individual who stole 10's of thousand of dollars from the school system, this was the case that actually broke open that the school as well as many business's were being ripped off big time in the valley.

            The activities director at Glacier High School was caught doing illegal activities and the school district didn't want to prosecute, they wanted to let her "pay" it back, she said she only took a few thousand, when it was all said and done, the full sum was never really revealed, but it was a much greater sum than the school district agreed to and what is so darn stupid, the county attorney was more than willing to let it ride and fly under the radar!

            People with access to funds have seen that business's as well as government is unwilling to prosecute so they keep doing it, it is time we get a new legal team in NW Montana that IS willing to put there people where they belong and that is in Deer Lodge, then make them pay the money back!

          • DJJackson posted at 10:55 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 740


            I know it to be a fact, I did photo work for police agencies in the past, and the only photos published with stories are the ones that are provided by the agency involved, it is not a pat answer, it is a fact. When you run a story on an accused individual, it becomes a jurisdictional issue and news sources can open themselves up for a liability issue if they publish images not provided by the investigative agency.

            You people are far to suspicious of the news paper around here.

          • bird72 posted at 4:12 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            bird72 Posts: 108

            "They can only print what the police provide' if they don't provide a pic, then no print one"

            so we assume all provided ones are printed? or do we / you know that?

            if they do print all provided, it begs the question of why it is selective as to which ones are provided...

            certainly there couldn't be class / level of society filters?

            I think mtnlvr has a pretty interesting question, deserving of more than a pat answer.

          • DJJackson posted at 12:47 pm on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 740

            They can only print what the police provide' if they don't provide a pic, then no print one

          • mtnlvr posted at 9:01 am on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            mtnlvr Posts: 36

            Why is there no picture of this woman or the woman that stole from the Lakeside School, which were thousands of dollars , but a picture of the woman that got away with some clothes from the food pantry? Just curious.

          • Greylar posted at 7:32 am on Thu, Jul 11, 2013.

            Greylar Posts: 28

            It's not just Kalispell. It's bookkeepers in general. I'm not saying that they all are stealing but almost every company I have ever worked for has had, at some time in their past, the bookkeeper on the take. And almost without exception they didn't get charged because the business didn't want the negative feedback and embarrassment. So, they worked out a repayment plan, and sent them off to steal it from another company. So here is some tips. Don't let your bookkeepers sign your checks. They will record the payment as one thing and deposit the check in their own bank account. Cash payments are a problem. If a customer pays with cash, the money will get deposited in their pocket and when the bills go out they will magically disappear so the customer doesn't find out that they still owe on their bill. Double check all cash payments and don't let the bookkeeper take cash. Have someone else do it. Trust me, there are probably 100 people that will read this note and say "no way is my bookkeeper stealing", and they are getting bled dry.

          • DJJackson posted at 9:19 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 740

            When are business owners in Kalispell going to realize, if you give them the chance, they are going to take it? If you give them an opportunity, even a normal person is going to take advantage, we are no longer a small corner of Montana where you can leave your door unlocked at night You can thank the secretary from the school district for this.

          • james posted at 8:02 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

            james Posts: 516

            must be some pretty brain dead owners not to miss approx $26,000 ayear

          • Montana Native 420 posted at 6:13 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

            Montana Native 420 Posts: 209

            wow tough times


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