The former treasurer accused of embezzling from the charitable group BisMan Stiletto has pleaded not guilty.
Kathryn Artlip, 51, allegedly stole $10,000 over nearly three years from the group that helps area children in need. She was arrested in October and charged with theft of property, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.
Defense attorney Todd Ewell on Monday waived a preliminary hearing and entered a not guilty plea on Artlip's behalf.
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South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick scheduled trial for March 12. He also amended Artlip's bond, which had required she not leave North Dakota, so that she can stay at a shelter in Moorhead, Minn.
BisMan Stiletto is composed of area businesswomen. It's known for Stiletto Races on Independence Day, where runners compete in a 100-yard dash in stilettos.
A third-party accountant who conducted an audit found unauthorized "cash withdrawals, purchases using the organization's debit card, as well as ATM withdrawals" between 2016 and 2019, according to a police affidavit.
Artlip also faces a felony charge in Cass County for allegedly issuing about $2,500 in bad checks at the Scheels sporting goods store. She is scheduled to enter a plea on Dec. 4, according to court documents. She faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
A summons was issued for Artlip on Monday in Burleigh County on a misdemeanor count of issuing bad checks between $100 and $500. She is accused of writing two checks to Scheels Sports in Kirkwood Mall totaling about $255, court documents show.