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Prosecutor says Iowan can be tried for embezzlement

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A federal prosecutor says a woman accused of embezzling nearly $6 million from West Des Moines insurer Aviva USA is competent to stand trial, even if she has a multiple personality disorder.

Phyllis Stevens is accused of fraud, money laundering and other charges. Her partner, Marla Stevens, is also charged.

In court documents, assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kahl says the issue is not whether Stevens has a valid diagnosis, but whether she can understand the proceedings and assist in her defense.

Last month, Stevens' attorney argued she exhibited various personalities and raised questions about whether she could help in her defense.

A competency hearing is set for Thursday.

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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