Albertville woman sentenced for Rogers bank theft

An Albertville woman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing from the bank where she worked, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced.

Kelly Jo Bistodeau, 53, was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 29, to 366 days in prison for stealing more than $187,000 from the First National Bank of Elk River, for whom she worked in the Rogers branch. She pleaded guilty to aggravated forgery and eight counts of theft by swindle.

The sentence was substantially less than the 25 months the county attorney’s office sought and Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Mary Lynch argued that Bistodeau had carried out a sophisticated scheme for at least seven years and the $187,000 was only the amount that could be charged under the five-year statute of limitations.

In fact, John Houlton, president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Elk River, in his victim impact statement, told the judge

that it appears Bistodeau stole more than $300,000. He said the bank trusted Bistodeau and made her a teller supervisor.

“You misused and abused that trust,” Holton said. “Your actions have caused great emotional pain for our employees. They thought you were a mentor, a leader.”

Hennepin County District Court Judge Mel Dickstein said that Bistodeau had shown her remorse and had paid $187,000 in restitution to the bank.