Former Escrow Officer To Be Sentenced Feb. 16

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A Payson man found guilty of embezzling nearly $140,000 from First American Title will be sentenced Wednesday in Globe by Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber.

Former escrow officer Whang Suh, 27, could receive a sentence ranging from probation to 25 years in jail.

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Whang Suh

Deputy Gila County Attorney Patti Wortman, who prosecuted Suh, said he could receive up to five years in prison for each count.

Wortman said her recommendation would be for some prison time.

A Gila County jury found Suh guilty Jan. 28 of three counts of theft and two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Suh was an escrow officer at First American when he cashed company checks he had written to himself.

"He made it look like he was writing checks to an escrow account, when he was writing checks to himself instead," Wortman said.

By the time company officials uncovered the scheme, Suh had vanished.

He evaded arrest for four years before being nabbed in January 2004 while returning from a trip to London. Port authorities at Newark, N.J. airport learned there was a warrant for Suh's arrest and detained him. He was later extradited to Arizona.

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