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Married Activists Phyllis + Marla Stevens Didn’t Escape $5.9M Fraud With Multiple Personality Defense


Married lesbians Marla Stevens and former Marriage Equality USA’s Iowa chairwoman Phyllis Stevens — who denied allegations in 2009 they embezzled $5.9 million from Phyllis’ ex-employer Aviva, the insurance provider, and donated some of it to LGBT groups — will both serve jail time for their scheme, a judge ruled after the pair was convicted of the fraud. After initially pleading not guilty, both women admitted guilt but claimed childhood abuse and Phyllis’s dissociative identity disorder (she claimed to have more than 100 different personalities) led to the fraud. Phyllis, who was handed a six-year sentence, says she was only made aware of the fraud one of her other identities perpetrated when Aviva officials confronted her. Marla will serve three years. In addition to giving some money to gay groups in the state,, the pair also spent $400,000 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, charged some $2.8 million to their AmEx cards, paid the IRS $950k, and bought two homes in Des Moines’ Sherman Hill area, which they’ve since lost.

On:           Feb 21, 2011
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    • justiceontherocks

      A diet of prison food will result in some much needed weight loss for these two losers. They should do double time for using such a complete BS defense.

      Feb 21, 2011 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OneOfTwins

      They used to be on Bilerico spouting the most ridiculous left wing garbage, with that little fool Alex Blaze sorta gushing over them.

      Feb 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman

      They could file for refugee status and move to canada and run the Toronto Gay Pride parade….lol

      Feb 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jak

      I give them a couple of points for the multiple personality ploy, never would have thought of that one.

      Feb 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      They should have used their Bilerico involvement
      as their defense. Anyone on that site has no concept
      of right and wrong.

      Feb 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie K

      Personality #67 called and said ” Ha..Ha”

      Feb 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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