Paul Allard, Minot, charged with stealing from construction company

Paul Sherman Allard, 41, Minot, is accused of making fraudulent charges to the account of Schwetty Construction in July 2015.

Allard is charged with a Class B felony in district court in Minot. He made an initial appearance on the charge on Friday. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 15 before Judge Todd Cresap.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the Minot police investigated a report that that a fraudulent charge for concrete had been made to the construction company’s account. The business manager reported that Allard, who had worked as a sub-contractor to Schwetty, had made unauthorized charges of more than $11,000 and other purchases. Schwetty discovered a discrepancy when Strata Corporation sent Schwetty a bill for concrete at three different work sites. Two of the work sites were in Minot and one was in Steele. Schwetty Construction did not have any jobs at the time in the Steele area and there should not have been any charges from that area. Further investigation linked the transactions to a debit card Allard had been given or Allard’s phone number and name to some of the transactions.

No complaint was filed with the court until Oct. 18, 2017, more than two years after the incidents were first investigated, and the actual warrant was not served on Allard until January, more than 3 1/2 years after the incidents.

In separate cases, Allard is also charged with two Class C felony counts. Allard, who was set to begin serving 20 day jail sentence for driving under suspension in May 2016, failed to report to the jail as scheduled on May 18, 2016. He also failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on the bail jumping charge on Sept. 7, 2017, according to court documents.