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Court dates set in embezzlement case

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Trial call has been scheduled for the Salamatof Seafoods bookkeeper accused of embezzling $154,000 from the Kenai firm and two other companies for which she kept books.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran set trial call for 2:30 p.m. June 6 and scheduled the trial to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 11.

Sheryl Dilley, 36, faces 111 criminal charges for allegedly forging checks totaling $154,206.77 from Salamatof, M & P Trucking and BAS Leasing. The forgeries are alleged to have 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, who was arrested by Kenai police, has been released on bail pending trial. On April 12, Soldotna resident Jerry Stinson II posted $5,000 cash for her release. The court has appointed four people, including Stinson, as third party custodians for Dilley, who must be in the presence of one of the four at all times.

Dilley was present in court Friday during an omnibus hearing.

Anchorage attorney John Pharr is representing Dilley.

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



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