Accused embezzler pleads guilty |

Accused embezzler pleads guilty

Tim Mutrie

Anne Liv Slemons pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft and two counts of felony forgery Monday in 9th Judicial District Court.

Slemons, 22, and her boyfriend, Michael Andrew McCarty, are accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from Cornerstone Private Capital, LLC during a monthlong period extending from December 1997 into January 1998. Slemons had been employed with Cornerstone during that time, through S.O.S. Temporary Services.

Slemons will be sentenced on Feb. 1. She had been on probation for grand theft and forgery convictions in 1996 in California at the time she embezzled money from Cornerstone, and therefore will not be eligible for probation this time.

“We’ll be looking at a sentencing range of four to 12 years,” said public defender James Conway, Slemons’ attorney.

Slemons must also pay restitution of more than $29,000. She will receive credit for time served, which adds up to one year today. Slemons’ partner in crime, McCarty, was sentenced in October to three years in prison for his role in the scam.

The extent of Slemons’ and McCarty’s dealings were first discovered when they tried to enter Canada via Sweetgrass, Mo. Slemons failed to produce identification for customs officers and a search of their 1998 Toyota 4Runner turned up $40,950 in cash that the couple failed to declare, according to authorities.

Both were taken into custody and soon produced written statements of admission, detailing the extent of their exploits.

“I, Anne Liv Slemons, embezzled over $100,000 from Cornerstone Private Capital over the course of one month,” Slemons’ statement reads. “I started cutting checks in the beginning of December [of 1997], because we were being forced to move. Following are the items bought or paid for with CPC funding: Toyota 4Runner, new home (rental), clothing, lap top [computer] . .”

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