In Sheridan County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon, Barbara Yalowizer made her Initial Appearance before Judge John Sampson. Yalowizer's attorney, Harlan Rasmussen, requested that she be released on her own recognizance and given a $1,000 unsecured bond. Prosecuting attorney Christopher LaRosa agreed, saying that Yalowizer has no other criminal history and has stayed in contact and cooperated with law enforcement. Judge Sampson set the $1,000 bond. A Preliminary Hearing date has not yet been set.
Yalowizer's is a Larceny case involving her alleged actions with Sheridan County School District 1. According to Charging Documents, on October 28, 2009, Deputy Mike Hamilton met with Sheridan School District 1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith, regarding a suspected embezzlement reported by Superintendent Sue Belish.
Smith told the deputy that Yalowizer was Payroll Clerk and Food Service Director for District 1, and that they suspected she had stolen money from them. They had confronted her, and Yalowizer admitted to taking the money because she was "'drowning'" in debt. Over a period of several months in 2009, the documents state, Yalowizer issued unauthorized checks to herself from the District. She also sent e-mails to fellow employees asking to borrow money.
Deputy Hamilton also learned from bank records that Yalowizer had taken out loans from several loan companies in January 2009 and had made 17 ATM withdrawals of cash from a business at Crow Agency, Montana that same month. Hamilton knew there was a gaming casino at Crow Agency.
On October 29, 2009, Hamilton met with Yalowizer, who told him her actions were tied to her gambling addiction. She also agreed that about $5,000 was missing from District 1 because of her actions.