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Kimberly Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement from Orleans Employer

November 1, 2012

Burlington, VT –The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Kimberley Brooks, 47, of Brownington, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to charges that she embezzled approximately $160,000 from her employer. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Brooks on conditions pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

On October 18, 2012, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a three-count indictment charging Brooks with wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen money and forging checks of her former employer. According to the indictment, Brooks was employed as a bookkeeper for Desmarais Equipment, Inc., a farm equipment and recreational vehicle distributor in Orleans. The indictment alleges that, between September 2008 and March 2011, Brooks embezzled at least $160,000 from the company, primarily by stealing cash from funds being deposited into the bank and altering deposit slips in an attempt to cover up the theft. It also accuses Brooks of causing several company checks to be issued to herself or others without authorization, then depositing the checks into her own personal account. According to court records, the embezzlement was detected in May 2011 and Brooks was promptly fired.

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty.

If convicted, Brooks faces up to ten years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

This case was investigated by the State Police and the U.S. Secret Service.

Brooks is represented by David Sleigh. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.




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