Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Update: Iowa Political Acitivits Pleads Not Guilty In $5.9 Million Embezzlement Case
Phyllis Stevens, 58, of Des Moines, Iowa, who is accused of embezzling more than $5.9 million from Aviva USA, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Stevens faces 18 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft which were handed down in an indictment last week. Stevens, pictured left, had been a 35 year employee of Aviva and its predecessor companies and was a well known political activist for same sex marriage and gay rights. She and her partner, Marla Stevens, pictured right, gave tens of thousands to Democrat candidates, PACs and causes, including Barack Obama. Some of these have quickly moved to return the funds. Stevens' embezzlement scheme lasted at least 4 years and involved more than 200 fraudulent transactions.