Embezzlement charge dismissed against Kajune

A Class A felony theft of property charge has been dismissed without prejudice against a Minot woman who had been accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from More Properties, LLC when she worked there as a property manager.

Nicole Irene Kajune, 44, had been scheduled to go to trial on the charge on June 13 before Judge Thomas Schneider, a judge from the South Central Judicial District who had been appointed to preside over the case.

However, Marlyce Wilder, from Williston, who had been appointed as a special prosecutor for the case, filed a motion on May 23 to dismiss the case. The reason given was “prosecutorial discretion.”

Kajune had been accused of embezzling money from the company between September 2014 and October 2016. The probable cause affidavit in the case had alleged she had changed accounting books to show that rent had been paid for when rent checks had not been deposited in the company’s bank account. She also was alleged to have paid only a portion of her son’s rent each month, but changed the accounting books to show that rent had been paid in the full amount. According to the affidavit, Kajune was fired in October 2016.

– Andrea Johnson