Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Montana Lawyer Sentenced For Embezzling $100K From Motorcycle Club
Dal Smilie, 62, of Helena, Montana, was sentenced yesterday to 8 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from the Ohio-based American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), for which he had previously served as chairman. Smilie is also the former chief attorney for the Montana Department of Administration. According to prosecutors, Smilie made fraudulent travel expense reimbursements with the association and pleaded guilty to felony counts of grand theft by deception and of receiving stolen property. Smilie's scheme lasted nearly 5 years, between January 2003 and December 2007, according to reports. He was originally charged last June. Smilie apologized at his sentencing and is quoted as saying, "I've got much to apologize for, and many people to apologize to, including AMA members, AMA staff, my fellow board members and volunteers. I've let them down."