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Sherry Roebuck Imprisoned for Algiers Fire District Embezzlement

February 12, 2013

Burlington, VT –The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Sherry Roebuck, 52, of Guilford, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Brattleboro following her convictions last summer, by a federal jury, on charges of federal program embezzlement and mail fraud. Senior U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha sentenced Roebuck to 18 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court ordered Roebuck to pay slightly less than $83,000 in restitution. Roebuck was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 19 to begin serving her sentence.

On October 5, 2011, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned two-count indictment accusing Roebuck of embezzling more than $80,000 from the Algiers Fire District. Algiers Fire District #1 was established in 1993 by residents of Guilford to provide sewer service to people who lived in the village of Algiers. Between 2007 and March 2011, Roebuck served as the treasurer of the fire district, mailing out quarterly bills to district members, receiving payments and handling the district's banking. According to the evidence at Roebuck's trial, beginning in late 2007 and continuing until March 2011, Roebuck embezzled from the district by writing numerous checks to herself without authorization, then cashing the checks at local banks. Roebuck's theft was not uncovered until early 2011, shortly after she resigned.

This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Roebuck is represented by John Mabie. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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