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Paul Allard, Minot, gets suspended sentence, probation for stealing from construction company

Paul Sherman Allard, 41, Minot, pleaded guilty to Class B felony theft of property on Friday.

According to court documents, Allard, who had worked as a sub-contractor, made fraudulent charges to the account of Schwetty Construction in July 2015. Allard 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 going on in Steele and there should not have been charges from that area. The transactions were linked to a debit card Allard had been given and Allard’s phone number and name were used for some of the transactions.

Judge Todd Cresap sentenced Allard to three years in prison, all suspended except for the 60 days he has served, and three years of supervised probation. Restitution in the case is reserved for 90 days. Allard must also pay $1,350 in court costs.

The sentence is concurrent with a sentence for bail jumping. Allard also pleaded guilty to that Class C felony on Friday.

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