Court update: Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement
After pleading guilty to two of three felony and theft charges, former Aspen Valley Land and Trust bookkeeper Carman Andrews hung her head Thursday morning as the prosecutor read the long list of items she bought with company funds. By Ivy VogelPost Independent StaffAfter pleading guilty to two of three felony and theft charges, former Aspen Valley Land and Trust bookkeeper Carman Andrews hung her head Thursday morning as the prosecutor read the long list of items she bought with company funds. After tracing credit cards and looking through forged checks, officials found a series of personal expenditures including airline tickets and hotel rooms for Andrews and family members, a home computer system, payment of cell phone bills and payment for a health club membership, that Carman purchased with company money.Andrews, 34, of Missouri Heights, also used the money to help market and promote her own real-estate company by buying radio advertising, publication of company brochures and a membership to the Chamber of Commerce.According to court records, Andrews embezzled $105,000 from Aspen Valley Land and Trust. She pled guilty to count two and three, which state that she knowingly took $500-$15,000 of someone else’s money for personal use. The first count was dropped.Andrews faces 2-6 years in prison for each count. She could go to jail for as little as one year and as long as 12 years depending on behavior, said 9th Judicial District Judge Peter Craven.By pleading guilty Andrews gave up her right to a trial by jury. She will appear in court at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 7, 2005 to receive her sentence.In other court news, the case involving Micah Marie Schmid-Young and her husband, Harley Quint Youn, will continue at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 18.Harley Young, 22, is accused of killing the couple’s 4-month-old daughter on Feb. 17, 2002. If convicted of child abuse causing the death of a child under 12, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.Schmid-Young, 23, is charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, knowingly or recklessly, and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, negligently. She faces 6 to 24 years in prison or up to 48 years if aggravating circumstances are found.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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