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One of the last witnesses for Stickler's defense described charts that he had created showing that the company's bookkeeper withdrew funds from several bank accounts. But the prosecution later showed that most of those withdrawals were deposited into other company accounts.
After working through the lists, they found that most of the withdrawals by Petri were deposited into company accounts.
Stickler takes the stand
Reno businessman Mike Stickler took the stand in his federal trial today and said his bookkeeper drew down the grant funds that he is charged with stealing. Petri testified this week that Stickler told her to spend the money. She has not been charged and was granted immunity by prosecutors.
Led by Assistant Federal Public Defender Michael Kennedy, Hubert Goodrich, a former IRS agent who now is a private investigator in Las Vegas, walked through a list of checks that Petri wrote to herself or wrote for "cash" from company accounts in 2007.
Stickler is charged with stealing that portion.
"No sir," Stickler said. update:
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"Why not fire her," Gorman asked.
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"Absolutely not," he said.
Stickler is charged with stealing federal grant funds that his company Faith Based Solutions was awarded in 2007. He's lawyers claim that bookkeeper Katie Petri took the money. She was not charged and was given immunity for her testimony against Stickler.
"When you discovered that the $200,000 was gone, did you make it good?" Rachow asked.
"I had no idea," Stickler said.
at a time. Attorney Ron Rachow asked Stickler about the fact that money was taken from the grant within days of the award.
"The draw down became a daily event," Rachow said.
fast behind it was scared," he said, adding that he realized that he and his wife had to come up with the funds.
The checks made out to "cash" and signed by Petri totaled $125,784 and the checks that she wrote to herself came to $90,750.
Stickler said he only learned about problems with the federal grant in April while he was on a trip business trip in Egypt. He said that's when he learned that the entire grant was gone and that they no longer had $200,000 for the sub grantees.
He said Petri was a family friend and he put her in charge of the finances for his company and the grant.
"I got pretty directed. When I get my hackles up I get pretty directed," he said. "When I got back I sat with Katie and said let's try to figure this out.
"Did you order Ms. Petri to draw down the money," Assistant Federal Public Defender Lauren Gorman asked Stickler.
The $500,000 grant was awarded to his company Faith Based Solutions beginning in October 2007. The entire amount was gone by April. The terms of the grant required the company to give $200,000 to eight "sub grantees" but the company did not do so.
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