Accused embezzler awaits plea agreement

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A defense attorney in the case of a Craig woman who is charged with embezzling money from a local dentist said prosecutors have not hammered out a plea agreement.

Beverly Jean Doolin Kostur, 44, faces 23 felony charges of theft and forgery for allegedly embezzling $7,200 from dentist John Ilko of Craig in separate incidents dating to January 2003.

Kostur's attorney, Dave Waite, said in Moffat County court Tuesday that the case wasn't eligible for a preliminary hearing. Kostur's bond is $5,000.

She is scheduled to appear in district court Feb. 23.

Each theft charge alleges that Kostur at least twice took cash, and each forgery charge alleges that she forged a check.

The four theft charges are Class 4 felonies, which hold a higher possible sentences upon conviction compared with the remaining 19 Class 5 felony forgery charges.

Prosecutors filed multiple charges in the case because of the alleged separate incidents.

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