Woman Embezzler Pleads Multiple Personalities Did It, Des Moine, Iowa, USA

     Phyllis Stevens, 59, was sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling money from Aviva USA, a life insurance company, for several years by creating fake insurance agents and paying them huge commissions. Stevens and her wife, Marla, were charged with crimes, including money laundering, embezzlement and filing false tax returns. They both pleaded guilty in September 2010. Phyllis was sentenced to six years; Marla, to three and a half years.

Both women eventually admitted guilt but claimed childhood abuse and Phyllis’s dissociative identity disorder (she claimed to have more than 100 different personalities) caused the fraud.

As the leader of the Iowa chapter of Marriage Equality USA, Phyllis Stevens railed for the legalization of same-sex unions. She and Marla donated thousands of dollars to back candidates that might oust the likes of Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado Republican who a few years ago fought for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

Multiple personalities and dissociative identity disorder defense fails again.

Updated: 10-15-14.

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  1. Someone Who Knows

     /  10/09/2014

    That bit about the room service was a false allegation made by the vengeful owner of a competing blog Marla wrote for. It was never charged because it didn’t happen. And, shades of Dr. Rodehever’s testimony in A Time to Kill…they treated Phyllis for her “nonexistent” DID in federal prison.

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  2. Steve

     /  06/14/2011

    No explanation from the non-DID spouse, Marla, as to why she had to run up a 400,00 dollar room service tab at an expensive Las Vegas hotel.

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