- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former bookkeeper at a Bismarck law firm has made her first court appearance on a felony embezzling charge.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1f5aSYW ) reports Debra Ronning appeared in court Wednesday for one count of misapplication of entrusted property. The embezzling was reported in March 2014, when Ronning was no longer employed at the firm.

An affidavit filed by the Bismarck Police Department states that an audit of the firm’s trust account showed the Bismarck woman pocketed cash deposits worth $6,800 from clients of the firm Zuger, Kirmis and Smith. The affidavit also states that a separate audit of firm’s flex account showed Ronning had taken over $42,000 during seven years.

Authorities say the Bismarck woman, who hasn’t entered a plea, has repaid about $49,500.

Ronning’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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