Previous post and, More Documents. Reminder that Karen Shepard pled guilty to 2 counts of theft. Here was the charge as shown by Grand Jury indictment. . And here is a rough transcript from her previous time before the court. Snippet from that, from Sep 26, 2016
Discussion about how much the commercial property worth and whether a realtor would give you an accurate estimate versus an opinion. DC objected. Mr Love's line of credit, had to sign a document to withdraw money.
Hanna Did you sign his name?
Shepard: I didn't sign his name as a signature, wrote his name as debit. Did not have to forge his name.
Hanna What about Mrs. Peters? (Same) How long did mother and sister know? Within the last year is there a good reason why you didn't list and sell the commercial property for the proceeds?
Shepard: I didn't know the process. Travel Trailer - lien, motorcycle, 2 vehicles.
Hanna 34 separate withdrawals for Mrs Peter's account.
Shepard: I didn't realize at the time it had gotten to that point. Wasn't stealing it, I always put it back
Hanna You have stolen it, and you pled guilty .. and you have no way to pay it back. 2 thefts. Attempts to cover it up by falsifying bank records that you shoed to Mrs. Peters.
Shepard I never meant to hurt her.
Hanna Fabricating physical documents and showing them to Mrs. Peters, trusted friend of 25 years. Betrayed trust of 2 of your closest friends, lied to cover up what you had done and over a year have done very little to liquidate assets to pay it back. 73000 didn't pay any of that back to Mr. Love
Karen Shepard was brought into the courtroom, handcuffed and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit. Motion was to place her on probation after serving 5 months of jail time. Dale Hanna said she had pled guilty to 2 counts. She had $42,000, about half of what was owed and would be under community supervision. This leaves $42,100 to pay back while on probation. Minimum to pay back is $500 per month, subject to being more based on the type of employment. Hanna said she should have no job handling money.
Howell and Peters were called up as witnesses (Howell from First National Bank). Howell had testified in November, is a bank representative, and was privy to some negotiations today. She was asked if she was in favor of the court placing her on probation and said the bank was in favour of it. Then Peters, who is one of the victims of Shepard's embezzlement, was asked if she was in favor of the court deal. She said she was not in favor of it. Peters was asked if she understood the terms. Peters said "To me, that wasn't the original deal". Hanna said he'd been presented with a $42,000 check made out to Hanna and would endorse it over to the bank. Judge Neill told her that if he suspended her probation, and if she didn't pay it back, there could be a motion filed to suspend probation and she could get a maximum 10 years in prison. Judge Neill then granted her request for probation, placed Shepard on community service for 5 years, to repay balance no less then $500 each month, subject to revision.
Comments? Think it was a fair verdict?
P.S. My comment. The bank apparently had a board decision to accept that deal, because at least if Shepard was out working she could pay back the money she stole. In other words, the "can't get blood out of a turnip if that turnip is in jail" rule. I do not know what the original deal was that Mrs. Peters hoped to have, but it was apparently not to have Shepard out on probation.