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Grand Forks Walmart employee accused of embezzling, sending money to Nigeria

An employee at the south Grand Forks Walmart was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the business, according to court records.

Heather Lee Hill, 44, is charged with felony theft and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted.

An affidavit for her arrest said the cash register Hill operated was repeatedly missing money during the last few months, adding up to about $12,000. Managers at the store confronted her, and the report said she admitted to stealing cash every day during the last few months.

Hill allegedly handed over $750 she'd stolen Tuesday to managers, according to the affidavit.

Police found several gift cards in Hill's car that she said were purchased using the stolen money. A court document said she allegedly sent nearly $4,000 to Nigeria via a Western Union wire transfer. She also allegedly told police she used the money to pay bills and her parents, the affidavit said.

Hill will appear in court on Sept. 10 and is being held on a $10,000 bond with $1,000 cash needed for her release. Court records say Hill lives in Fargo, but she said she lives in Warren, Minn., during court Thursday.