Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Trial set in embezzlement case

Gooding woman pleads not guilty to 6 felony charges


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Tracy Dalin

A March 13 jury trial has been scheduled for a 50-year-old Gooding woman accused of embezzling funds from a Bellevue real estate brokerage.

At arraignment Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court, Tracy Dalin, a former real estate agent and the office manager for Sun Land Investments, pleaded not guilty to six felony charges, including three counts of grand theft by embezzlement, two counts of forgery and a single count of criminal possession of a financial transaction card.

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Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Dalin that the embezzlement and forgery crimes are punishable by up to 14 years in prison each, while the criminal possession of a financial transaction card is punishable by up to five years behind bars.

The trial is expected to last five days. Dalin is represented by Idaho Falls attorney Neal S. Randall. She is currently free on $25,000 bond.

Dalin was charged with the crimes in August following a two-and-a-half-year investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Detective Mark Dalton alleged in a probable-cause affidavit that Dalin stole more than $500,000 from 2002 through 2009 from Sun Land Investments, its owner Judy Cash and Cash's friend Ron Farwell.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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