Inn worker pleads guilty to taking more than $200K from business over several years

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BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — A Vermont woman has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to taking more than $200,000 from an inn she worked at over several years.

Pamela Smith of Barnard had worked as a clerk and bookkeeper at the Shire Riverview Motel in Woodstock, Vermont. Prosecutors said starting in 2009 and continuing into early 2013, she took the money by writing unauthorized checks from the inn's checking account to herself, then depositing them into her personal bank account; by stealing cash payments made by guests; and by using Shire Riverview funds to pay her personal expenses.

Prosecutors said Smith used about $40,000 in stolen funds to pay for improvements to a house in Barnard.

Smith has already repaid about $121,000.

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