Woman pleads guilty to stealing $19,313 from hockey group

Posted: Tuesday, February 08, 2000

A Kenai woman accused of multiple thefts from the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association pleaded guilty Friday to one consolidated count of second-degree theft.

Mary "Beth" Kiech, 42, the hockey association's bookkeeper was indicted July 9, 1999, on 20 counts of second-degree theft committed between 1996 and 1998. The total amount of money taken came to $19,312.95. Kiech's attorney Peter Mysing said Monday that she had already paid back $10,000 of the money.

According to the plea agreement arranged by defense attorney Peter Mysing, Kiech will pay $19,313 restitution, a $5,000 fine, complete 20 hours of community work service and be put on probation for three years.

Imposition of further sentencing was suspended pending successful completion of probation. The agreement also included a 180-day cap on any jail time imposed.

Second-degree theft is a class C felony punishable by fines of up to $50,000 and up to five years in prison for each count.

Superior Court Judge Harold Brown set Kiech's sentencing for 2:30 p.m. June 5.

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