Not guilty plea to alleged theft from liquor store

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BROOKINGS – A Volga man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he stole more than $14,000 from the Brookings Liquor Store while he worked there.

A felony complaint has been filed against James Nathan Wilson, 46, charging him with grand theft.

Brookings County State’s Attorney Dan Nelson said Wilson is accused of stealing more than $14,000 from the liquor store during his employment between August 2015 and January 2020.

“During the nearly five-year period, Mr. Wilson is alleged to have engaged in a fraudulent scheme that involved numerous items that he improperly counted as valid transactions,” Nelson said. 

“It’s alleged that Mr. Wilson pocketed the funds generated from these improper transactions. The criminal activity was later discovered and reported to the Brookings Police Department.”

A jury trial has been set for Nov. 18.

Grand theft is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Contact Jill Fier at [email protected]