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Ex-bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing from racetrack

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Golden Valley woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to the embezzlement of more than $100,000 from a Brainerd racetrack where she worked as a bookkeeper.

Beverly M. Heilicher, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for misappropriating money from Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway Inc. in 1997 and 1998.

In the scheme, Heilicher repaid more than $50,000 in personal credit card debt from the track's corporate checking account.

She also had another person make purchases for her, which the track then paid under fake invoices she created.

Heilicher faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in eight to ten weeks.

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