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Kenneth woman charged with alleged theft of $5,053 in pull-tab funds

Halverson is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Jan. 9.

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KENNETH — A Kenneth woman was issued a summons to appear in Rock County Fifth District Court on a felony-level charge in connection with the alleged theft of pull-tab funds from the Kenneth Bar.

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According to the complaint, Rock County Law Enforcement received a call on Dec. 5 from a representative of the Hardwick American Legion. The representative stated that the week prior, the manager of the Kenneth Bar, Nicole Halverson, 41, had included a $1,450 check in the pull tab deposit after indicating she didn’t have enough cash on-site.

Pull-tab transactions are required to be cash and pull-tab funds are to be kept separate from any bar funds.

The check was reportedly returned because of insufficient funds. Arrangements were made for the legion to remove pull tabs and equipment from the Kenneth Bar and audit the funds. The representative told officers that during this time, Halverson provided cash to cover the insufficient funds check.

The following day, law enforcement was informed that all physical inventory, games and equipment had been removed from the bar. Reportedly, none of the required cash for the pull tabs was on site. According to the complaint, Halverson told Legion representatives the funds were used to cover an overdraft.

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The missing funds reportedly amounted to $5,053.

During an interview with Halverson, she allegedly admitted to taking the pull tab funds to cover bar expenses and wasn’t able to pay it all back. When American Legion representatives came to collect the $1,450 check, Halverson said she used other pull-tab funds to cover the cost.

Halverson is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Jan. 9. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence not to exceed 10 years in jail, a $20,000 fine, or both.

Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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