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Couple pleads not guilty to phony paycheck scheme

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

A May 24 trial date has been set for a Gardnerville Ranchos couple who pleaded not guilty Monday to felony allegations they funneled $19,000 in phony paychecks from a Stateline company where the woman worked as a bookkeeper.

Marlo Weatherbee, 44, pleaded not guilty to theft and obtaining use of the personal identification of another person. She is accused of fraudulently issuing checks from Resort Stay International in Stateline to Donald Fuller, 27.

Fuller pleaded not guilty to principal to theft and possession of stolen property.

According to reports, another bookkeeper discovered that Weatherbee allegedly issued 19 checks to Fuller with a value of more than $21,000.

Weatherbee reportedly told an associate the checks were sponsorship for Fuller who was a professional bowler and covered his expenses.

Deputies questioned the owner of the company who said the sponsorship statement was “absolutely ridiculous” and that he would press charges.

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The alleged crime was discovered when Fuller reportedly attempted to cash a check at a Gardnerville bank branch.

According to the complaint, the alleged embezzlement occurred between December 2009 and April 2010.

Both suspects are out of custody under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

In 2005, Weatherbee pleaded guilty to embezzlement, admitting she took nearly $400,000 from her former employer, Metalast International LLC, over a nine-year period.

She received a suspended six-year prison sentence and was placed on five years probation by District Judge Dave Gamble.

She served one year in Douglas County Jail, and was ordered to pay restitution at $1,000 a month.

Weatherbee reportedly signed over her house prior to sentencing which was worth $170,000, reducing restitution to $270,000.