Woman gets nearly three years for lying in bankruptcy case

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who started a hydroponic greenhouse business in Ketchikan with a $150,000 state loan has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for lying under oath after the business went into bankruptcy.

Edith Anne Butters lied during the bankruptcy proceeding, telling creditors she didn't know the whereabouts of about $25,000 worth of greenhouse equipment was even though she had arranged to have it transported to Petersburg, where she then moved.

''She got quite a bit of time because she got other people to help her,'' said federal prosecutor Crandon Randell. ''And she lied to a probation officer.''

Butters, who is in her mid-40s, started the greenhouse in Ketchikan with one boyfriend and business partner, then took off with another, according to Randell. He said the greenhouse collapsed under a heavy snow load and the state agricultural revolving loan fund got its money back though insurance.

After the prison term, Butter will on probation for three years. The sentence was handed down last week.

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