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Old 02-16-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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It seems like we are reading about 2-3 new embezzlement indictments per week coming out of Vermont. This is getting ludicrous.

Seems like one after another public agency official is brought up on charges of stealing from the coffers they are entrusted to manage. Pure unadulterated greed and arrogance

I can be the only one that finds this very disturbing, but not surprising given how lax many town agencies are.

Is Vermont just doing some great forensic accounting and other states are just turning a blind eye due to lack of resources? Is there a higher level of incidence in Vermont vs. other states?

What gives?
I belive you are dead on! I live in Craftsbury Vt and fear that there is a very suspicious town clerk. Also my light department Hardwick Electric just fired a wowen they found had been stealing for years. Something going on and it's going to be at the expense of the hard working honest people in Vt.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:54 AM
 
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Unfortunately, this stuff happens everywhere. My city out here in California recently had a situation where a supervisor in the electric dept. was giving out contracts to friends and relatives who weren't qualified to do the work for almost half a million. The guy was fired, but nothing more was done about it. In fact, the city tried to cover it up, and were it not for good investgative journalism by a reporter from our local paper, the public would never even have known about it.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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Unfortunately, this stuff happens everywhere. My city out here in California recently had a situation where a supervisor in the electric dept. was giving out contracts to friends and relatives who weren't qualified to do the work for almost half a million. The guy was fired, but nothing more was done about it. In fact, the city tried to cover it up, and were it not for good investgative journalism by a reporter from our local paper, the public would never even have known about it.
Sure it goes on everywhere......VT has less people than some cities in CA so based on the number of stories posted just in the BFP in the past 12 months, it seems like per capita the rate of getting screwed is remarkably high in VT.

It sucks no matter where it happens.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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"Former Hardwick Electric Department office manager Joyce Bellavance, who has been sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for stealing $1.6 million in the state’s largest known municipal embezzlement, is objecting to a plan that she serve her prison sentence in Minnesota."

"Bellavance stole money from the small utility to fund a lavish lifestyle for herself and her family."

So she wants incarceration to be convenient for her family? Meanwhile her husband is still living a lavish lifestyle in a nice house and driving nice cars probably paid for by her embezzlement.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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Why wouldn't the authorities confiscate the stuff she bought with the money she stole? In other crimes, the police take anything that was bought with ill-gotten money and impound it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Another one in the news today.

$415,000 embezzled from 16 Vermont school units since 2000, auditor finds

About $415,000 has been reported missing from 16 Vermont supervisory unions or school districts since 2000, according to a new Vermont State Auditor's Office report that underscores the prevalance of public embezzlement in the state.

“For a small state, the frequency of incidents involving fraud, embezzlement or theft in our schools is alarming," Salmon said in a news release

Salmon expressed concern that the state Department of Education "has no policy for schools to report such incidents."

$415,000 embezzled from 16 Vermont school units since 2000, auditor finds | Burlington Free Press | burlingtonfreepress.com
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Randolph, VT
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"no policy for schools to report such incidents."
Uh, don't they have the number of the police department?

This Bellavance case is crazy. Don't they have any idea of where the bulk of the money went? It's pretty hard to spend over a million dollars. $50k here and $50k there don't really explain it.

It's too bad that so many Vermonters' trusts have been abused. Maybe there are more opportunities because there are more towns hence more town governments and other entities per capita?
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Apparently increasing embezzlement is a national trend. Vermont has lots of company. This report is very informative on the subject: http://www.marquetinternational.com/...bezzlement.pdf.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Another one in the news today.

$415,000 embezzled from 16 Vermont school units since 2000, auditor finds

About $415,000 has been reported missing from 16 Vermont supervisory unions or school districts since 2000, according to a new Vermont State Auditor's Office report that underscores the prevalance of public embezzlement in the state.

“For a small state, the frequency of incidents involving fraud, embezzlement or theft in our schools is alarming," Salmon said in a news release
Anyone familiar with Mr. Salmon might not be surprised to learn that this report is mostly bogus.
Green Mountain Daily:: Mr. Salmon's fishing expedition
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