Kalis charged with debit card fraud, a felony

On June 27, Morrison County District Court charged a Royalton woman, Sarah Jean Kalis, 31, with financial transaction card fraud.

On March 14, the Little Falls Police Department received a report of a stolen debit card. It was learned the card had been used by another person at several businesses in Benton, Stearns and Morrison counties. Five transactions had taken place, totalling $417.97.

The businesses were contacted and through surveillance videos it was determined the person using the card was female and drove a silver or gray vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or a Grand Prix.

Despite the videos, the identity of the suspect could not be determined.

In May, the husband of the owner of the debit card reported he observed the suspect vehicle in Little Falls and he provided a license plate number registered to Kalis.

On May 22, an investigator took a taped statement from Kalis. She allegedly denied the allegations at first, but later admitted finding the debit card at a gas station in Little Falls.

According to the criminal complaint, Kalis said she didn’t know what to do with it, so she put it in her purse. When she went shopping in St. Cloud, she said she must have used the found debit card by mistake.

After further conversation, she allegedly admitted to using it intentionally.

In June, during a phone conversation between the investigator and Kalis, she allegedly admitted finding the card on the floor at her place of employment. She said she took it and used it and was sorry for what she had done.

If convicted, Kalis faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.