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Tonya Drury Imprisoned for Embezzling From Towns of Bethel and Royalton

April 9, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Tonya Drury, 37, of Randolph, was sentenced on April 5, 2012, in United States District Court in Rutland to 12 months and one day of imprisonment following her guilty plea to a charge of federal program embezzlement. Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Drury pay restitution totalling about $168,000 and serve a three-year term of supervised release following completion of her prison term. Drury was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 15 to begin serving her sentence.

On June 29, 2011, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned a one-count indictment accusing Drury of embezzling money from the Bethel/Royalton Solid Waste Facility where she worked as a cashier. Drury pled guilty to the charge last November. According to the indictment, the Town of Bethel operates the waste facility, which is jointly owned by Bethel and Royalton. Between January 2005 and November 2010, Drury embezzled more than $167,000 in cash receipts and then altered the facility's computerized accounting records in an attempt to conceal the crime. During the period of the embezzlement, the Town of Bethel each year received more than $10,000 from the federal government in the form of grants and loans.

Drury's embezzlement was detected by Bethel town officials in November 2010 and she was immediately fired.

This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police.

Drury is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Stephen Barth. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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