Dilley to repay money

Convicted bookkeeper agrees to pay $273,174 in restitution

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Kenai bookkeeper who is spending five years behind bars for embezzling from Salamatof Seafoods and other Kenai firms was ordered by the court to repay more than one-quarter million dollars to her victims.

Sheryl Dilley, 37, who was sentenced in November to 10 years in jail with five years suspended, learned Monday that she must repay $273,174.57 to Salamatof, M&P Trucking, BAS Leasing and Roy Bertoglio for whom she kept books.

Dilley's Anchorage attorney, John Pharr, and Kenai District Attorney June Stein told Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran they had previously agreed to the restitution amount. Authorities have not recovered any of the stolen money.

Dilley has begun serving her sentence at the Hiland Mountain Correction Center in Eagle River.

After entering guilty pleas in July to two class B felonies, first-degree theft and scheme to defraud, and two class C felonies, tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records, Dilley was sentenced to 10 years with five suspended on each of the class B felonies and four years with two suspended on each of the class C felonies. Sentences are to be served concurrently, meaning Dilley will have to serve five years in jail.

Dilley was arrested by Kenai Police in March 2007, after an investigation revealed she had stolen $154,206 from the three Kenai firms: Salamatof Seafoods, M&P Trucking and BAS Leasing. She reportedly forged more than 100 company checks between January 2002 and the time of her arrest.

During the sentencing hearing in November, Stein told the court the amount stolen by Dilley was between $250,000 and $260,000. The continuing investigation since her arrest, pushed the number even higher.

When Dilley agreed to the plea arrangement, admitting guilt to the four felony charges, the state dropped more than 100 lesser check-forging charges.

Following the restitution amount announcement, Moran said she had erred in sentencing Dilley in November.

"Once I pronounced my sentence, I'm stuck with it," Moran said, explaining she had intended for Dilley to serve six years in jail, not five.

The original sentence was eight years with four suspended on the class B felonies, and two years with one suspended on the class C felonies. The two-year sentences were to be served following the eight-year sentences.

After Moran's revision, the jail term remains at five years.

Nothing was changed regarding the length of probation. Upon release from jail, Dilley will be on probation for 10 years.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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