Woman gets 2 years in prison for embezzling from employer, hockey league


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BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — A Vermont woman has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to embezzling funds both from her employer and from a youth hockey league.

In January, 47-year-old Michelle Rutledge of Berlin pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro to wire fraud. Authorities say she embezzled money from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, where she worked as office manager and bookkeeper, and from the Harwood Youth Hockey Association, where she served as treasurer.

Authorities say Rutledge stole substantial sums by using credit cards without authorization, and by using her employer's and the hockey group's money to pay personal expenses.

Authorities say at least $75,000 was taken from the business and $53,000 from the hockey association. Rutland has to pay the amount back.

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