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Bar employee sentenced for altering tips

An employee of a Minot bar has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after entering a change of plea to guilty on a charge of unauthorized use of personal identifying information-second or subsequent offense, a Class A felony.

Jared Janssen, 33, Minot, was charged in August 2023, after law enforcement received a report from his employer accusing him of stealing money from customers by altering tip amounts for credit card transactions in February 2023.

According to court documents, Lamplighter Bar owner Jonathan Schmidt provided 18 receipts to Minot Police that he believed had been altered by Janssen, where some tip amounts had been altered after the customer had signed the original charge. Some were found to be “exceptionally high,” and officers reviewed security video from June 22, 2023, where Janssen was captured altering several receipts throughout the shift. Janssen had previously been convicted of unlawful use of personal identifying information, a Class B felony, on Jan. 20, 2023, and was on supervised probation at the time.

Janssen appeared before District Court Judge Richard Hagar on Feb. 14 to enter his change of plea. Hagar sentenced Janssen to serve two years in the Ward County Jail or at the McLean County Jail, to first serve 30 days either in jail or by home confinement. Janssen will be required to complete two years of supervised probation, and must not have any contact with the victim.

Janssen was assessed $1,025 in court fines and fees, and $50 in restitution to the victim.

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