The husband of a Vermont woman currently serving time for a $1.6 million embezzlement sentence is voluntarily giving up their home to support the AP recovery that has followed the case.
The Associated Press reports Marc Bellevance will surrender his family's house to help his wife Joyce Bellevance pay off restitution from her embezzlement of the Hardwick Electric Department, where she worked as the office manager. Joyce was was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison in 2012, according to the Burlington Free Press, after an accounts payable audit showed she had written government checks to herself and deposited them to bank account held by a lender the branch did not approve for regular payments. The source claims Joyce used the stolen funds to pay for her daughters' housing in Vermont and Massachusetts.
At her sentencing, U.S. District Judge William Sessions reinforced that action taken like what the Bellavance family is experiencing today with the forfeiture of their home is hard for anyone but is a necessity when government positions are compromised by embezzlement.
"Public servants who violate the public trust must be held accountable," he said.
Seizing the property will provide the Hardwick Electric Department an estimated $750,000, The Associated Press reports. The source says the organization has already been given $500,000 by its insurance provider.