Roseville Bingo Hall Employees Busted in Embezzlement Scheme

One of the three individuals charged in connection to what authorities say was a theft and embezzlement scheme at a bingo hall operated part-time by the Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association must successfully complete one year in a diversion program and one year of probation.

But if 35-year-old Lea Elizabeth Vogelsang of Lindstrom does that, the aiding and abetting theft charge against her will be dropped. 

Court records show her case was continued Monday. She had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge in May.

Her mother, April Borash, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft by swindle last month. She also agreed to receive treatment for a gambling addiction and stay out of casinos. 

A third woman, Bonnie Jean Harwell, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

The hockey association shares operation of the Roseville Bingo Hall with the Midway Speedskating Club. 

One of their former colleagues had expressed concerns about missing money to one of the hockey association's board members in 2018, according to the criminal complaints.

According to the criminal complaint against Borash, three $20 coupons for future use at the bingo hall were sold in packs for $40, allowing purchasers to reduce the cost of play. However, the complaint goes on to state, the RAYHA did not always track the number of coupons sold, even while the cash was collected and was periodically brought to the admissions area and separately recorded. 

The complaint alleges that flaw was exploited by Borash, who for many years managed the bingo hall on nights when the RAYHA operated it, and fellow employees Vogelsang and Harwell. Typically, only those three were involved in selling the $20 coupons, the complaint alleges.

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