BRATTLEBORO — A 47-year-old woman from the central Vermont town of Berlin has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling funds both from her employer and from a youth hockey league.
Michelle Rutledge pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro to wire fraud. Authorities say she embezzled money from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, where she worked as office manager and bookkeeper, and from the Harwood Youth Hockey Association, where she served as treasurer.
In both cases, authorities said Rutledge stole substantial sums by using credit cards without authorization, and by using her employer’s and the hockey group’s money to pay personal expenses.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the amount taken from the two organizations totaled about $120,000. Gregory Waples, the assistant U.S. attorney who is prosecuting the case, couldn’t say Tuesday how much was taken from each organization.
Waples also wouldn’t say what kind of sentence his office was seeking; he said he wanted to wait for the pre-sentence investigation to be completed before weighing in on the matter.
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