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Sentence deferred in embezzling case

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For a Polson woman accused of embezzling money from her employer, Judge James Manley deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years in accordance with a plea agreement reached at District Court in Polson on June 19.

Melissa Ann Miller, 34, admitted to crediting false returns to her debit card while she worked at the Ronan Carquest between Oct. 20, 2018, and Jan. 30, 2019. Court records show Miller obtained $1,668 from the scheme.

Manley gave Miller credit for the one day she already served in jail and ordered her to pay restitution.

Co-defendant Tracy Matthew Vanness, 39, of Ronan, is accused of embezzling more than $53,000 while he worked as a manager at Ronan Carquest between September of 2016 and February of this year. His case is set for trial on Aug. 12 before Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher. 

According to court records, the thefts were discovered during a subsequent audit of the business after it was sold to the new owners in September of 2018.

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