Embezzlement case heading for trial

Bookkeeper arraigned on 111 counts

Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007

A jury trial was scheduled for the week of July 7 for the Salamatof Seafoods bookkeeper accused to embezzling $154,000 from the Kenai firm and two other companies for which she kept books.

Sheryl Dilley, 36, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday on a 111-count grand jury indictment.

Dilley is accused of forging checks totaling $154,206.77 from Salamatof, M & P Trucking and BAS Leasing. The forgeries allegedly occurred between January 2002 and March 26 this year.

In addition to the forgery charges, she has been arraigned on felony counts including first-degree theft, schemes to defraud, evidence tampering and falsifying business records.

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 by Kenai police and was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

One week ago, Superior Court Judge Anna Moran set bail at $20,000 for appearance and $10,000 performance with the requirement that Dilley have a third-party custodian if released.

On Thursday, Judge Harold Brown set a bail hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday. Bail terms remain unchanged and Dilley remains in jail.

Anchorage attorney John Pharr made a telephonic court appearance informing the court he will represent Dilley.

During Dilley’s arraignment hearing last week, assistant district attorney Angela Jamieson said Dilley’s mother lives in Nevada and Dilley is considered a flight risk.

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



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