City of Wayzata loses thousands due to internal theft

Wayzata resident and former employee of the City Registrar’s Office, Brenda Streif, is facing felony charges after discrepancies were discovered involving cash, according to the Hennepin County criminal complaint.

Streif, who was employed by the City from December 2007 to August 2008, was responsible for handling the payment of title transfer fees from motor vehicle dealerships.

The office eventually discovered multiple title transfers had not been processed and the money that was received for the title transfers was missing.

Upon police investigation, it was discovered more than $10,000 had gone missing between December 2007 and August 2008.

Streif told police she had intended to pay back the funds that she had taken due to her family’s financial difficulty, but “the matter got out of hand.” She also told police she had taken around $7,000, but expected the amount missing would likely exceed $7,000 upon investigation.

Streif will appear in court later this month on two counts of theft over $5,000, which has a penalty of zero to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000.

According to City Manager Al Orsen, the City has added a point-of-sale system that provides an additional cross-check to prevent this from happening in the future.


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