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Former dispatcher arraigned in theft case

Lana Jo-Lynn O'Bannon

A May 23 omnibus hearing has been set in the case of a Hubbard County jailer/dispatcher facing three felony charges in connection with the theft of funds from her ex-husband's bank account.

Lana Jo-Lynn O'Bannon, 44, of Park Rapids is accused of check forgery and theft of property, both punishable by a maximum of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine upon and fraudulent use of a financial transaction card, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine upon convictions.

According to the complaint, she is accused of writing 11 checks worth $1,477.78 on her ex-husband's TruStar account and using his financial transaction card to withdraw $4,293.27 from his account. The transactions took place between June and September 2010, according to the complaint.

She made an initial appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court and is free on her own recognizance.

O'Bannon's career began at the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department in July 2002, where she has served as a jailer and dispatcher. She was initially placed on paid administrative leave, but she is no longer on the county payroll.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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