Two former AMMA employees indicted for theft

Two Juneau residents have been accused of stealing at least $50,000 from their former employer, Airport Mini Mall and Apartments.

Cheryl L. Hansen, 67, and Paul E. Hansen, 63, appeared for an arraignment hearing Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this month.

Both face one count of first-degree theft, a class ‘B’ felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, a $100,000 fine and 25 years of probation. Presumptive sentencing for that charge is usually between one to three, or two to four years in jail, depending on if prior convictions exist. Neither of the Hansens appear to have a criminal record.

According to the indictment, the grand jury found that on or between May and June of 2010, the Hansens obtained property in the amount of $25,000 or more each and “knowingly fail(ed)” to make the required payment or disposition of funds received.

Judge Louis Menendez entered a not guilty plea for the Hansens on their behalf as they had not yet conferred with an attorney. Both will likely have court-appointed attorneys. Menendez referred Paul Hansen to the state Department of Administration’s Office of Public Advocacy and Cheryl Hansen to the Public Defender Agency.

Outside the courtroom, Cheryl identified herself as a former bookkeeper for AMMA. Paul, she said, helped with maintenance of the building. They are both due in court for scheduling later this month.

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