A Des Moines woman accused of embezzling $5.9 million from Aviva USA appeared Monday afternoon in federal court in Las Vegas following a three-day flight from Iowa during which she attempted to cash a check so large that banks could not cover it, court records say.
The lawsuit also alleges that Stevens:
- Used the name of two former Aviva agents for commission payments even though neither worked for the company at the time.
- Altered the records so that the commission payments intended for the agents were deposited electronically in a bank account jointly held by the two women in an Indianapolis bank.
- Used a Social Security number that had belonged to a man living in Hammond, Ind., for one of the agents.
Phyllis Stevens has described herself as the head of the Iowa chapter of Marriage Equality USA, a gay marriage advocacy group.
Federal Election Commission records show that she has given more than $82,000 in political contributions to Democratic congressional candidates from Iowa, such as U.S. Reps. Leonard Boswell and Bruce Braley, Democratic presidential candidates and groups such as the liberal MoveOn.org.
In addition, Iowa campaign finance records show that she has contributed about $6,000 to female Republican and Democrat candidates for the Iowa Legislature.
Polk County assessor records show the Stevenses purchased homes at 721 and 741 16th St. in Des Moines' Sherman Hill district, paying a combined $470,000 for the properties last June.
No mortgage for either property has been filed with the Polk County recorder's office, a review of the recorder's online records shows.
Aviva's lawsuit also says the couple owns two residential properties in Indianapolis and a dwelling in Florida.
How would Michael Bolton describe the type of prison she's going to? After all, she's not going to white collar resort prison.
Anyways, possible good news for an Aviva presence in downtown. Apparently they're looking to retain their global investors group in leased space downtown. Look for more on this in the news over the coming days.
Business functions to be located downtown include, Global Finance, Risk Management, Compliance, Operations, Human Resources, Business Development, and Information Technology.
Aviva Investors has estimated they currently generate approximately 2,900 hotel night stays per year. The number of hotel night stays is anticipated to increase as the company’s employment grows. Visitors include institutional investors, potential clients, visitors from financial centers such as Chicago and New York, representatives from company headquarters in the United Kingdom as well as professionals from a variety of other locations. Much of this activity will occur in downtown Des Moines.
Young DSM Social Club wrote:While it's a shame downtown lost the bigger Aviva, this would be a very nice branch to keep downtown, with very good, high paying jobs. Kudos to DSM for being so proactive on this one --- let's hope it's the start of many.
DMRyan wrote:I'd believe it. Nearly every city is unfortunately in the position of having the system played or having the threat of its large employeers moving to a place that will play the system. Fundamentally, nobody likes this cat and mouse game of incentives for profitable corporations, but this is what serves as 'economic development' in this day and age.
Aviva USA completes move to new headquarters
All 1,300 of Aviva USA's Greater Des Moines-based employees and contractors are now occupying the company's new $150 million headquarters at 7700 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, the financial services company announced Thursday. Aviva relocated its staff from three leased locations in downtown Des Moines to the new campus.
Aviva broke ground for the eight-story building, which is situated on 88 acres of commercial property at the intersection of Jordan Creek Parkway and Mills Civic Parkway, in April 2008. The company expects to know by mid-November whether it will gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project, which incorporates significant energy-saving and environmentally friendly design features.
dogbo wrote:Yeah...good thing seeing as how our central city's downtown doesn't have any office capacity to fill.
I don't mean to be a total Debbie Downer on positive economic news, but I just don't know how anyone with a perspective that includes the health of the entire metro area (or maybe better, the dramatic/positive effect that could have been) can not have continual lump in their gut on the whole Aviva move out of downtown (and now talk of a 2nd tower).
Aviva USA headquarters attains LEED Gold status
Aviva USA announced today that its new West Des Moines headquarters has been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The eight-story, 360,000-square-foot structure is the largest LEED Gold certified building in Iowa and one of only five its size or larger in the United States to achieve that designation, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Aviva's project is the 24th LEED Gold building in the state and the fourth in Greater Des Moines.
rasmeth wrote:LEED should take into consideration how a building is sited and how it makes its employees get to the building. If it is located to bring people in by car, mass transit, foot, or bike, and how far it makes them go by car or bike to get there. Other than this big oversight that makes certification less reputable, it is an honor to have a building here that meets so many of the other technical requirements for sustainability.
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