Sauter convicted of stealing $25,000 from San Francisco company in 1983

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As it turned out, Rosemary Sauter's record had not been clean since 1983.

Sauter had a criminal history that foreshadowed accusations that would surface in 2010.

Sauter was arrested in 1983 and accused of taking more than $25,000 from Lewis W. Douglas Development Co. in February and March of 1981, when she was 29 years old.

She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 120 days in the San Francisco County Jail and five years' probation for felony grand theft.

Sauter was married at the time of her conviction and used the name Rosemary Chernowsky.

While still on probation, Sauter moved to St. Thomas, where she set up the accounting firm Sauter and Associates.

Sauter became a licensed V.I. real estate agent in 1996, lying about her felony conviction to do so.

The real estate license applica­tion asks applicants whether they have been convicted of any crime other than a minor traffic violation. Sauter said she had no such convictions.

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