A mother and son will be spending two years in jail for their creation of and involvement in an embezzlement scheme from a company located in Colchester, Vermont. The pair were found guilty of stealing more than $500,000 from the business over a period of three years.
According to The Associated Press, an accounts payable audit discovered that since 2008, Gisele Adams and her son, Joshua Therrien, had been embezzling funds from Brault’s Mobile Homes, where Adams served as bookkeeper. The investigation was launched in 2011 after the company’s owners uncovered evidence of financial misappropriation. The news source reports that another former employee of Brault’s, Patrick Cortright, was sentenced to one year of probation for his involvement in the scheme, although that information is unknown.
Adams and Therrien managed to steal approximately $567,000 from the business by writing checks to themselves and others, including Therrien’s girlfriend, Lynette Fuller, who is awaiting sentencing for her part in the illegal activity, reports the Burlington Free Press. Brault’s owner, Mark Brault, said that his company is still feeling an impact from the embezzlement, but he hopes that conditions will get better in the near future.