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SANDY WOMAN WILL STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES OF STEALING $171,000

A Sandy woman accused of paying personal bills with business checks waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was orderd to stand trial in 3rd District Court.

Pamela Smart, 29, is scheduled for arraignment before Judge David Young on March 23 at 1 p.m.Smart is accused of stealing more than $171,000 from the business where she worked as an executive secretary. She is charged with two counts of second-degree felony theft and eight counts of second-degree felony forgery.

The criminal complaint states that during 1990 and 1991, Smart, who worked for Rice-Melby Enterprises Inc. and Rice Service Corp. in Salt Lake County, paid personal bills with business checks.

Executives signed some of the checks, believing they were paying bills to vendors and companies that appeared to be legitimate.

The complaint states Smart admitted forging the signature of businessman Robert L. Rice on some of the checks.