A woman accused of signing former Mayor Dennis Egan's name to checks and depositing them in her checking account was sentenced Monday in Juneau Superior Court to 45 days in prison.
Rochelle M. Cordova, 32, pleaded guilty last month to charges of felony forgery, felony theft and tampering with evidence.
The original charges included four additional counts of felony forgery.
Judge Larry Weeks sentenced Cordova to two years in jail with all but 45 days suspended, and three years of probation.
Weeks said she cannot open or maintain a checking account and can't sign or cash a check without permission from the court. Weeks also ordered restitution of $6,712 to cover the cost of the checks she forged and the cost of investigating the crime.
Cordova is a former employee of Alaska-Juneau Communications, which owns radio stations KINY and KSUP and is managed by Egan.
According to Assistant District Attorney David Brower, Cordova signed Egan's name to checks totaling $4,712, and deposited them in her checking account. She then destroyed the evidence of the crime by tearing up the checks and destroying the paper trail, Brower said.
Cordova said in court Monday that she was sorry for what she had done but asked the judge not to send her to prison. She said she took the money to get away from an abusive situation. She also said she had no money and two children to support.
"I couldn't pay my rent, my car had been taken, I didn't know what to do," Cordova said. "I wish Mr. Egan were here. I would tell him how truly sorry I was and that if I could take it back, I would.
"I want to move on with my life. I don't think putting me in jail is conducive to that for me or my kids."
But Brower said domestic violence was not an excuse for committing the crimes.
"Ms. Cordova is not a master criminal nor is she a worst offender," Brower said. "But you shouldn't look at her as a victim in this case either. ... The victims are KINY and Dennis Egan."
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