A 47-year-old Pine River woman is accused of swindling more than $13,000 from an Eagan business.
Tracy Lynn Degrote was charged March 4 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings with felony theft by swindle.
According to court documents, Degrote was employed at New Challenges, a business in Eagan, that provides services for adults with disabilities in residential settings from 2013-2019. Degrote was previously assigned to care for an individual identified in the complaint as Client 1. Degrote stopped working with Client 1 in 2014. Since that time, she continually submitted timesheets to New Challenges every pay period for four hours worked along with $60.80 in mileage, representing services provided to Client 1, the complaint stated.
An employee of New Challenges contacted Degrote on April 17, 2019, regarding these submissions. Degrote stated she provided services to Client 1 but could not provide a specific date. She then stated she was told by someone that she could submit hours to the company for overnight services she performed in the past, along with mileage. The Pine River woman additionally provided the hours she submitted included training although she was unable to provide proof to New Challenges.
In total it was determined from Oct. 10, 2014, through April 19, 2019, the Pine River woman fraudulently submitted a request for payment to New Challenges for $8,238.40 in mileage and $5,670.92 in wages for work she did not complete, court documents stated.
Degrote was released without bail as long as she makes all future court appearances, remains law abiding and she cannot leave the state without written court approval.
The Pine River woman’s next court hearing is scheduled June 23.