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Iowa Activists Marla + Phyllis Stevens Will Face Their $5.9 Million Embezzlement Trial Together


Recognition of same-sex relationships is great, until it isn’t. Accused embezzlers Marla Stevens and former Marriage Equality USA’s Iowa chairwoman Phyllis Stevens — who allegedly stole $5.9 million from Aviva, the insurance provider and Phyllis’ ex-employer, and donated much of it to LGBT groups — will be tried together, despite a request from Marla’s attorney for separate cases, since Phyllis plans to use her dissociative identity disorder as part of an insanity defense. Tough, says Judge Ronald Longstaff.

Which means they’ll together be tried, with Phyllis facing “up to 319 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines” from 20 counts including “money laundering, wire fraud, identity theft and computer fraud,” while Marla faces “a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and $1.2 million in fines.”