Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Embezzlement Trial For Montana Man Commences

The criminal trial for accused embezzler, William A. Dancer, 52, formerly of Libby, Montana, commenced Monday. Dancer is accused of embezzling some $400,000 from Independence Home Center Inc., based in Sable, Idaho, where he was apparently employed. He is on trial for one count of money laundering and six counts of embezzlement. Dancer allegedly deposited six checks made out to the company into his own accounts between 2005 and 2006. The embezzled funds were used to purchase two vehicles, and investments in a clothing store and discount store in which Dancer had an interest, according to court filings. He is also accused of assaulting his supervisor, Michael Brown, the son of the owner, Darwin "Bill" Brown, after being confronted and fleeing the jurisdiction. He faces up to 20 years in prison, plus a fine of $50,000 and restitution, if convicted on all counts. We note that Dancer unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Libby, Montana in 2005.

Read the story here and here.

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