Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vermont Woman Accused Of Embezzling $100K From CitiFinancial

Julie Phillips, 39, of St. Albans, Vermont, has been charged with embezzling an estimated $100,000 from CitiFinancial, Inc., where she had been employed as a district manager. According to authorities, Phillips caused at least 20 fraudulent checks to be issued for what appeared to be legitimate vendors, which she then converted for her own benefit. Phillips' scheme allegedly spanned more than a year, from April 2009 until June 2010. She has plead not guilty to the charges. Phillips faces up to 30 years in prison, plus fines and restitution if convicted on the one count of bank fraud for which she is charged.

We note that Angela Feeley, 35, of Sheldon, Vermont, was also recently charged with and plead guilty to embezzling about $150,000 from CitiFinancial over a five year period. Feely is due to be sentenced this July.

Read the story here, here and here.

Update (10/31/11): Phillips has been sentenced to one year and a day in jail for embezzling what is now believed to be $97,597.  She blamed an addiction to oxycodone pain killer pills for the thefts.

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