Judge decides probable cause in Weatherford embezzlement case

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A Custer County judge decided there was probable cause Thursday for an embezzlement case involving a Weatherford woman

Sharon Leigh Adams Bartholdi was charged with embezzlement of about $92,000 while serving as the victim’s power of attorney. She faces up to 8 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and restitution.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Bartholdi was named the victim’s power of attorney in December 2016, and the account had $101,410. By June 2017, the amount was down to $9,296.81.

The victim’s daughter contacted the Weatherford Police Department to look into the missing money. Det. Matt Bartel investigated the bank records and noticed charges to Pioneer Cellular, Carnival Cruise Lines and Weight Wise along with two withdraws in the amount of $27,306 and $28,706, according to court records.

Further investigation revealed Bartholdi purchased two Dodge Chargers — one registered to Bartholdi and another to her son Timothy Adams. Bartholdi also had weight loss surgery in 2017 followed by a cruise. The victim did not go on the cruise, according to court records.

In addition, Bartholdi and Adams had phones through Pioneer Cellular. Adams said Bartholdi was going to purchase the victim one as well, but the victim received a pre-paid phone instead, according to court records.

Bartholdi is scheduled for a formal arraignment 1:30 p.m. Monday. Adams has not been charged in this case.