Iowa Women to Plea Guilty to Embezzling from Insurer

September 17, 2010

An attorney says two women charged in the alleged embezzlement of nearly $6 million from West Des Moines, Iowa, insurer Aviva USA will plead guilty.

The Des Moines Register says William Kutmus, the attorney for Phyllis Stevens, confirmed that Stevens and her partner, Marla Stevens, will enter guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.

The women were to go on trial Sept. 20.

The plea agreements were disclosed in court documents filed Wednesday. A judge entered an order canceling the trial and setting a date for a change of plea hearing.

Kutmus declined to provide details of agreements.

Phyllis Stevens is charged in a 20-count indictment with fraud, money laundering and other charges. Marla Stevens is charged with conspiring and spending stolen money.

Information from: The Des Moines Register

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