Embezzler's Sentencing Postponed

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The sentencing of former First American Title escrow officer Whang Suh, originally scheduled for Feb. 16, in Globe, has been postponed.

According to Gila County Deputy Attorney Patti Wortman, who tried the case, the sentencing was postponed because Superior Court Judge Robert Duber was hearing another trial on that same day.

The sentencing was rescheduled for March 17, but Wortman, said that date might be changed because of a conflict in her office.

The 27-year-old Payson man was found guilty Jan. 28 of embezzling nearly $140,000 from his former employer.

Suh could receive a sentence from probation to 25 years in jail.

Wortman said her recommendation would be for some prison time, but was not ready to make public the exact amount of time she would ask for.

"It's a recommendation only," she said.

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

While an officer at First American, Suh 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 while returning from a trip to London. Authorities at the 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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