Alison Kristen Kutter, 41, Randall, was charged Oct. 22 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of taking, using or transferring movable property without consent and three felony counts of theft by swindle. She was also charged with one gross misdemeanor count of taking, using or transferring movable property without consent and one misdemeanor count of theft by swindle.
In October 2011, the Randall Police Department received a report of theft of money from the Knight Elementary Association’s (KEA) account. This association is a fundraising group for the children of Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School.
The officer was told by past and present members of KEA that Kutter, then the treasurer of the association, was suspected of the theft.
The questionable transactions allegedly made by Kutter included:
• On Feb. 2, 2010, a check was written for cash in the amount of $1,500. Kutter allegedly said the money was a reimbursement for a trip to Valley Fair, but a later check was also written for the same reimbursement;
• On July 14, 2010, a check was made out to Alison Kutter for $315.60. KEA officers said there was no reason for a check to be written during the summer and was not authorized;
• On Oct. 18, 2010, another check was made out to Alison Kutter for $925.25. A previous check was written for the same amount to Taylor Publishing; and
• On Aug. 29, 2011, $1,000 was withdrawn from KEA’s account. Kutter allegedly claimed it was for an expense which was not incurred until September.
The total amount allegedly taken from KEA’s account without authorization comes to $3,740.85.
In a taped statement, Kutter gave various explanations for the transactions, which were refuted by KEA.
If convicted, Kutter faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.