“In retrospect, John Patton thought ‘It’s bad times, resources are increasing in cost, our revenues are down.’ But he placed his trust in Lisa Blevins and had no concept that she was embezzling money,” Merrell said.
While Blevins “admitted to some indiscretions” to her employer, Strileckyj said his client never admitted to forgery. Analysis of the forged checks could not verify Blevins forged the signature on all 1,059, but only about 110, he said. He also questioned whether there was enough evidence to link checks that were deposited in accounts to his client.
“Even of those 110, 115 checks that may be traced signature-wise to Lisa Blevins, there’s nothing that indicates who, what, why, where, when those checks were placed in other accounts, even some of (those) of Lisa Blevins,” he said.
The trial is expected to stretch over the next three weeks. Blevins is also facing a civil lawsuit filed by Kreider Corp. She is out of jail, after posting a $200,000 bond.
Kreider Corp. is metal stamping company with assembly, welding, tool making, product and tool design capabilities for the automotive, heavy truck, electronics, military, transportation and other industries, according to the company’s website.