Public Fiduciary To Be Sentenced For Embezzlement

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Rita Riell-Corbin is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m., April 15 in Gila County Superior Court by Judge Charles A. Irwin, visiting judge from Cochise County.

Corbin, a 13-year employee of Gila County, was serving as public fiduciary when she was fired from her job in January, 2000, and indicted on charges of embezzling more than $1 million from elderly or incapacitated Gila County residents.

Public fiduciaries are responsible for the management of estates of people deemed by the court to be incapable of handling their own affairs due to physical or mental impairment.

The case was turned over to the Arizona Attorney General's Office for prosecution. Pamela Svoboda, assistant attorney general, was assigned to the case.

Corbin is expected to plead guilty to fraudulent schemes and artifices and theft, both class 2 felonys which she is accused of committing between Jan. 1, 1986 and Jan. 13, 2000.

The plea agreement will require Corbin to pay $1,246,936 in restitution to the victims, an undetermined amount for the cost of prosecution in addition to a maximum fine of $150,000.

The terms of the Attorney General's plea agreement also states Corbin will be sent to prison for not less than five years.

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