Derby Line Woman To Plead Guilty To Fraud And False Tax Fil­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - United States At­tor­neys Of­fice

The Of­fice of the United States At­tor­ney for the Dis­trict of Ver­mont stated that it filed charges to­day against Amy C. Fletcher, of Derby Line, Ver­mont, al­leg­ing fraud and a false tax fil­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the charge, while work­ing for Derby Line Am­bu­lance dur­ing 20092012, Fletcher di­verted money from the com­pany to pay per­sonal ex­penses, and also filed a false per­sonal tax re­turn in 2011.

The charge al­leges that Fletcher “en­gaged in an on­go­ing prac­tice of di­vert­ing funds from DLA for per­sonal use, pay­ing per­sonal credit cards and home and car loans.”

The charge fur­ther al­leges that over 400 checks were drawn on DLA’s busi­ness ac­counts “made payable to Amy C. Fletcher and oth­ers for her ben­e­fit. Many of the trans­fers paid down out­stand­ing bal­ances on 14 credit cards main­tained by Fletcher. Such il­licit trans­fers to­taled over $250,000.” Ac­cord­ing to the sep­a­rate tax charge, Fletcher “will­fully made and sub­scribed a 2011 U.S. In­di­vid­ual In­come Tax Re­turn (Form 1040), which was ver­i­fied by a writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion,” which un­der­stated her ac­tual in­come and was false.

Also filed to­day is a Plea Agree­ment un­der which Fletcher agrees to plead guilty to both charges. A plea hear­ing has yet to be sched­uled.

The case was in­ves­ti­gated by the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, and the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion. The max­i­mum pos­si­ble penalty for the two of­fenses is 20 years in pri­son. Fletcher is rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury. The United States is rep­re­sented by As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Wil­liam Dar­row.

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