|Dawn Cleveringa (mug shot TCSO)
A woman who was a trusted employee of Andy Williams' for fourteen years has pleaded guilty to stealing from the singer and forging his signature.
Authorities say Dawn Cleveringa, of Kirbyville, who was a bookkeeper for Moon River Enterprises, siphoned at least $25,000 from the entertainers accounts and used them to pay her own bills. The allegation's against Cleveringa who could have stolen as much as a half million dollars, surfaced in 2007, and charges were filed against her in 2009.
The guilty plea comes during a tumultuous time for the singer, who is celebrating his 75th anniversary in show business. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year and has been receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Earlier this year Williams announced he would take part in the annual Christmas shows at Moon River Theater, however, last week a staffer of Williams said health issues would prevent the beloved entertainer from taking the stage this year.
Cleveringa was ordered to serve 60 days shock time and was placed on five years probation. She must also obtain a job and make restitution, according to court records.