Treasurer sentenced after AP audit reveals embezzlement

The former treasurer of a Vermont volunteer fire department was recently sentenced after an accounts payable audit exposed her embezzlement of more than $11,000, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Mildred Higgins, a former employee at the East Haven Volunteer Fire Department, received a suspended prison sentence of one to three years. She will serve six months of home confinement, pay full restitution of the funds, and perform 280 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay court costs and write apology letters to the town and the fire department.

According to Essex County State Attorney Vince Illuzzi, the town is also requesting reimbursement for the $4,600 it spent on a comprehensive AP audit conducted after financial irregularities were first noticed by the department's executive board.

In a similar story, the former bookkeeper of Vermont-based radiant and solar heating systems company Radiantec also recently found herself in court on embezzlement charges, according to The Associated Press.

Sarah Sanville was indicted last month for misappropriating $315,000 over six years. She stole the money by using the signature stamp of the company's owner to fraudulently authorize checks that she then deposited into her personal bank account. 

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