A Cumberland woman hired to work at a local convenience gas station is facing up to 10 years in prison in connection with allegations of business-related theft filed Wednesday, June 12, in Barron County Circuit Court.
The defendant is identified as 30-year-old Amber Hirsch, 1987 Comstock Ave., Cumberland.
The complaint said that during April 2019, a district manager for Bob & Steve’s BP Amoco approached Cumberland police with the allegation that the defendant, who was employed at the Cumberland store, was stealing money.
Hired in October 2018, the defendant worked as a “store opener.” Among her duties was to open and put cash in the automatic teller machine. Whenever money was added to the machine, a check was cashed at a local bank for $2,000, and the employee then inserted one hundred $20 bills into the machine.
The employee was then to make a journal entry to show the cash had been added to the ATM. In addition, the store opener was supposed to open the ATM, count the money, and enter the tally on a sheet, which also showed the number of bills in the ATM.
The district manager said the system is supposed to guarantee that the number of bills written on the sheet always matches the number of bills in the ATM.
Police were told that the store manager is the only other person with the authority to reload the ATM. There were times the defendant could count the money in the morning, and the manager could add the cash later in the day. But it was possible to find out who added the money by determining who signed the check.
On some occasions when both employees dealt with the ATM, the defendant signed the manager’s name to the check, the complaint said. Between Jan. 21 and April 24, a total of $29,400 went missing. The defendant was terminated April 24.
The district manager reviewed security footage going back to March 27 and alleged that “it appeared the defendant was putting (cash) from the ATM into her own bag or into her shirt.”
Additional video also allegedly showed the defendant scratching and scanning lottery tickets while she was working.
Store records showed the lottery income failed to match the ticket sales for several months while the defendant was employed, totaling $23,122 from October 2018 through April 2019.
In all, the store lost $52,807, court records said.