Police arrest bookkeeper

Investigators allege Dilley embezzled at least $67,000

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007


  Sheryl Dilley was arraigned Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court for several felony charges. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Sheryl Dilley was arraigned Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court for several felony charges.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

A 36-year-old bookkeeper for Salamatof Seafoods Inc. was arraigned Tuesday on charges she embezzled at least $67,000 from the company and two other firms for which she kept books.

Sheryl Dilley was formally charged in Kenai District Court on five felony counts including first-degree theft, schemes to defraud, evidence tampering and falsifying business records.

Magistrate Jerry Anderson set bail at $20,000 cash or surety bond for appearance and $10,000 cash only for performance and said Dilley would be able to substitute having a third-party custodian, if released from jail, as an alternate to the performance bond.

Assistant district attorney Angela Jamieson had asked for a $50,000 performance bond, but after telling Anderson that Dilley had no history of failing to appear for court appearances in the past, the magistrate ordered the lower bail amount.

Kenai Police arrested Dilley after learning from company officials that she had allegedly embezzled the money from three companies dating back to 2003.

Other firms allegedly victimized by Dilley are M and P Trucking and BAS Leasing, according to Investigator Kelly George.

George said he and Investigator Dave Ross as well as Investigations Sgt. Gus Sandahl are continuing to investigate the alleged thefts.

Jamieson told the court the total amount could surpass $100,000.

If found guilty, Dilley could be sentenced up to 10 years in jail and fined up to $100,000 for each of the Class B felony counts — the first-degree theft charge and two charges of schemes to defraud — and up to five years and $50,000 for each of the other Class C felony counts.

Dilley was arrested at Salamatof on Monday without incident.

George said she is believed to have taken more than $40,000 from one company, $23,000 from another and between $4,000 and $5,000 from the third. The owner of the leasing company is also a major owner of Salamatof, George said.

In the state’s argument for a higher bail amount, Jamieson said the total amount allegedly stolen is $67,000 and “new information could put the totals over $100,000.”

Jamieson also said Dilley’s mother lives in Nevada.

“There is a great concern of flight risk,” Jamieson said.

Dilley told the court she has two children in the Kenai area with her.

“I would not go anywhere,” she said.

Dilley also said the money she plans to post for bail and to pay for her own attorney is coming from her “significant other of 12 years.”

Anderson ordered that, if released on bail, she not depart Alaska without written permission from the court, and he restricted her to the Kenai Peninsula.

The magistrate also required that Dilley submit to ankle monitoring if released.

She was in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

If she remains in custody, she is to return to court on April 6. If not in custody, her next court date is April 17.

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

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