Charges: Liquor Distributor Swindled From Restaurants

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 40-year-old Owatonna man is accused of swindling more than $70,000 in liquor from stores in Farmington and Hastings, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.

Stephen Lamers was charged with nine felony counts of theft by swindle in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, the Hastings Police Department was alerted last fall to a theft scheme involving several businesses in Dakota County. Authorities learned that a man, later identified as Lamers, worked for a liquor distributor as a sales representative. He worked with a restaurant in Hastings, a restaurant/bar in Farmington and a chain of three restaurants in Dakota County.

Lamers had been with the company since 2002 and was responsible for visiting the establishments, making sales and completing orders.

The complaint states Lamers would place an order for a customer, pick up the order at a warehouse and was supposed…

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