ST. PAUL — A North Dakota-based snack company claims a former executive wrongfully took more than $1 million from the business, more than initially alleged in a civil suit filed in early October.
An amended complaint filed by Giants Snacks in late October in Minnesota U.S. District Court alleged Lucy Spiekermeier stole or misappropriated $1,669,267 by writing checks to herself and another unnamed person. The business in Wahpeton, N.D., also claimed she wrongfully reimbursed herself and used company funds to pay a student loan while she worked for Giants as a treasurer and secretary.
The company said it never agreed to pay for a student loan, according to the complaint.
The original complaint filed Oct. 1 alleged Spiekermeier stole up to $600,000 from 2016 into mid-2020. The amended complaint adds more than $1 million in allegedly stolen funds, with the theft supposedly going back to 2010.
Spiekermeier resigned from her post on Aug. 17, but not before she deleted emails and destroyed or altered financial data to conceal the schemes, Giants alleged in its complaint.
The former executive faces eight civil counts, including theft, unjust enrichment and fraud. She has not been criminally charged in federal court.
In an early November filing, Spiekermeier denied any wrongdoing alleged by Giants.
Giants dates back to 1958 and is known for its seasoned sunflower seeds. Other snacks created by the company include pumpkin seeds, cashews and pistachios. It is also the official seed for the Minnesota Twins.