03/08/2013 05:53 EST | Updated 05/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta First Nation's audit of gas bar leads to charges against employees

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. - Two former employees of an Alberta First Nation gas bar have been charged with stealing more than $72,000.

The O’Chiese First Nation had requested an audit of its gas bar’s financial records be conducted by an independent accounting firm.

Mounties say the audit led to the suspicion that between March 2010 and June 2011 numerous unauthorized charges were made on a credit card associated to the business.

The O’Chiese First Nation requested that the results of the audit be forwarded to the RCMP.

Police allege two people used the gas bar's credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases, and then forged a document during the audit to try to justify the use of the card.

Kevin Thomas, who is 51, and 50-year-old Deborah Thomas, both of Sylvan Lake, are each charged with theft over $5,000, forgery and uttering a forged document.

They are set to appear in court in Rocky Mountain House on April 24.