Trial Delayed for 2 Iowans Accused of Embezzling Insurer

April 23, 2010

A judge has delayed the federal embezzlement trial of two women accused of embezzling nearly $6 million from West Des Moines, Iowa, insurer Aviva USA.

Phyllis Stevens and her partner, Marla Stevens, are accused of fraud, money laundering and other related charges.

U.S. Magistrate Ross Walters entered an order continuing the trial of both women until Aug. 16 after attorneys for both sides agreed to the delay.

Marla Stevens’ attorney, Trevor Hook, asked for the delay, citing additional health problems for his client.

Phyllis Stevens is accused of siphoning Aviva funds into an Indianapolis bank account by manipulating the company computer system. Marla Stevens is accused of conspiring to launder and spend stolen money.

Information from: The Des Moines Register

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