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Embezzlement sentencing scheduled for Feb. 5

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Sentencing for the former city finance employee who embezzled approximately $365,000 in city funds will be Feb. 5.

Sheryl Lynn Carroll, 52, pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud in U.S. District Court Monday in Coeur d'Alene. Carroll faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count. She signed the plea agreement in mid-October, but went before U.S. Judge Edward Lodge Monday to enter it.

"The court is going to accept your plea," Lodge said.

Carroll was hired by the city Oct. 17, 2002. She stole around $365,000 through 120 fraudulent transfers from 2007 to 2012 as she worked as a payroll coordinator in the city's finance department, according to court records.

She made fraudulent transfers "one to three times a month," Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan said.

Attorney Gary Amendola, representing Carroll, said neither he nor his client would comment on the case at the time. Carroll did not speak at the hearing other than when she entered the pleas and told Lodge she understood the agreement she was entering.

Sentencing will be at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse.

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  • Robert_Stebbins posted at 3:35 am on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Robert_Stebbins Posts: 2

    After re-reading my comment, I forgot to clarify, as if I believe it would make a difference, Karen Weldon was the BONNER Kounty Treasurer.

  • Robert_Stebbins posted at 3:29 am on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Robert_Stebbins Posts: 2

    Cough, Eh Hem... Karen Weldon the County Treasurer faced this same charge a COUPLE times if I recall correctly.
    I wonder what went wrong? ...more than once, and when several hundred thousands are lifted from tax payers in these economic times.
    If I expect my dog will get up and urinates on he carpet every morning he will.
    I expect they will let her go, then hire a PR person to tell us what a fine job she did and what a wonderful woman, wife and daughter she is. Well, that's government for you.

  • voxpop posted at 11:35 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    In the Navy, when a ship runs aground, a significant number of those in the responsible loop go away. That usually includes the captain, even if he was sleeping. His responsibility came BEFORE the accident. Same for this. Hang the woman but her immediate supervisors should not be working for the city any longer. A manager isn't supposed to be surprised by the actions of their employees while on the job. Managers are hired AND paid significantly more to make sure systems and processes are in place to prevent such things. Whoever ran the city finance dept should be out on their ear.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:49 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1115

    I hope she is currently in the county jail. Hopefully she'll have many holiday seasons in the slammer.

  • cdaterry1 posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    cdaterry1 Posts: 56

    What is wrong with our legal system? that sentencing can't be done for 90 days???......what! - the lawyers have not fead enough and need more feeding billing time??? The perp admits to a crime and we have to wait 90 more days for some form of justice?...bet she will have a merry christmas

  • meidaho posted at 5:32 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    meidaho Posts: 217

    How about 1 year per $5k she stole. That works out to 73 years.
    Now making the normal adjustments, the judge will give 3 months in jail and 3 to 5 years probation.

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