The 40-year-old woman charged with allegedly embezzling money from the Hand in Hand Childcare Center in Sheridan appeared in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the details.
Clearmont resident Camie Paumer made her initial appearance on the charge of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, which is separate from her charges for allegedly embezzling $15,000 from Hand in Hand. The charge stems from 2009, when Paumer received a student loan in the amount of $15,000 from Whitney Benefits to attend True Colors School of Cosmetology in Sheridan. Charging documents state that Paumer deposited the check and never attended the school, nor did she make an attempt to pay back the loan.
The investigation also revealed that Paumer lied on her loan application, as she did not disclose that she pleaded guilty to two felonies previously. In 1999, Paumer pled guilty to Felony Check Fraud in Montana. In 2004 she pled guilty to Felony Forgery in Johnson County. Circuit Court Judge John Sampson issued a $5,000 cash bond. Paumer was out on a $20,000 cash bond for numerous charges that were filed against her a year ago.
Paumer was scheduled to go to trial in April for the five felonies regarding the Hand in Hand embezzlement and three misdemeanors from when she was employed at A&B Buildings of Sheridan. Earlier this year District Court Judge John Fenn postponed all court proceedings so that Paumer could undergo a mental health evaluation at the Wyoming State Hospital.
The charge of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, or any combination of both.