A former employee at Bis-Man Transit has been charged with stealing about $35,000 from the bus company, Jefferson Lines.

Shanda Marie Miller, 33, of Bismarck, was charged Thursday with felony theft.

Roy Rickert, executive director of Bis-Man Transit, said he was contacted by a Jefferson Lines employee in January, who told him their company was short an estimated $25,000 to $30,000.

Rickert said Jefferson Lines rents space out of the Bismarck bus depot at 3750 E. Rosser Ave. Bis-Man Transit handles Jefferson Lines money collected at the facility and deposits it for them, he said.

Miller, who was an administrative manager, handled the Jefferson Lines money, which she kept in a desk drawer at the facility until she made the weekly deposits, according to court documents.

A Jefferson Lines accountant conducted an audit of their account with Bis-Man Transit on Feb. 8, which found that, from June 2018 to January, the account was short a total of $35,124.55.

A Bismarck police detective interviewed Miller on Feb. 19, and she reportedly admitted to stealing the money for groceries, car insurance and to pay a credit card bill, according to court records.

Rickert said Bis-Man Transit is undergoing its own regular audit as well as a forensic audit as a result of the alleged impropriety.

Miller was placed on administrative leave in January and later fired, according to Rickert. She had been an employee at Bis-Man Transit for about four years, Rickert said.

A lawyer is not listed for Miller in court records.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)