Smith Farm Store Employee Accused of Stealing From Employer


A Kewanna woman is accused of stealing more than $23,500 from her employer. Michelle Rigney, 51, was arrested on a felony theft charge after an Indiana State Police Investigation prompted when the area manager of Smith Farm Stores reported possible missing monies and deposits of store proceeds. Rigney was the office manager for Smith Farm Store in Rochester and was responsible for counting and depositing the store’s daily income. Rigney is accused of misrepresenting the dollar amount of deposits and taking money for personal use. Investigators say she also wrote personal checks to Smith Farm Store for cash and did not deposit checks as required. The thefts occurred between May 2 and 11, 2014, according to authorities. Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies served a felony theft warrant on Rigney last week.