Scott Dean's adopted daughter gets probation in jewel theft

Marlin Azucena Dean

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter pleaded guilty Monday to a July theft and was sentenced to probation and restitution.

Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to burglary at a sentencing hearing in Columbia County. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother and selling it at pawn shops. She was indicted on burglary and theft by receiving charges in September and Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez was indicted for burglary.

Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Dean to seven years probation, with credit for time served since her July 21 arrest, under the First Offender Act. Dean also must pay $17,100 in restitution and a $500 fine.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said charges will likely be dropped against Nevarez pending Dean’s plea and sentence.

Dean was arrested in Harlem and a judge refused to grant a bond at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing.

Her adoptive mother was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. The next morning, she awoke and found a bracelet on the floor, alerting her to check her jewelry box, Myers said. She reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.

Nevarez told authorities she took Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750 and possibly a gold heart necklace, Myers said. Dean used her passport for identification and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.

The ring was identified by Dean’s adoptive mother and recovered, as was a topaz ring Dean pawned May 9 at a shop in Augusta.

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