Ulisa Chavers guilty in embezzlement case

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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A Louisa County woman pled guilty this morning to 10 charges, including grand larceny, and embezzlement.

61-year-old Ulisa Chavers pled guilty today to stealing social security money from both her second husband and ex-boyfriend. She'll now spend ten years behind bars.

Ulisa Chavers apologized for stealing social security money, totaling more than $118,000, from her second-husband Clent Chavers and ex-boyfriend, Reginal Bowles. Bowles' remains were found in the bottom of a well at the home they shared in Louisa. In court, an autopsy report showed the prescription drug, Benztropine, in his system, 4 times the legal limit.

Clent Chavers was buried in his backyard in Amelia. His severed head was later found in a landfill. Ulisa Chavers claimed both men died of natural causes. She told police Clent Chavers was cremated. As for Bowles, prosecutors say she made up stories about his whereabouts when his children asked about it-- at one point saying he moved to Montana and later claimed he was in New Orleans for Katrina relief.

Chavers told the court she realized a lot of people are big into burials, but both men didn't want to be in a cemetery. Chavers, who maintains her innocence in the deaths of both men, told the court she used the money to pay bills.

"She came in, did what she needed to do, stand up take responsibility and be held accountable for her actions," said Chaver's attorney Mike Caudill.

The judge told Chavers she'll have to pay back $50,000 to the social security administration and more than $26,000 she stole from a life insurance payout. Bowles expressed remorse in a statement to the court.

"Remorse when you get caught isn't remorse at all. Remorse when you get caught is regret that you got caught. I think there was no remorse that was shown here today," said Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett.

Chavers was sentenced to 30 years with twenty suspended. She'll be back in court next month for a trial on a murder charge. Chavers was already serving a five year prison sentence for dumping her boyfriend's body in a well, credit card fraud, identity theft and possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

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