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July 18, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Karen Brisson, 51, the former clerk for the Town of Weybridge, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Rutland following her guilty plea to a charge of federal program embezzlement. Chief Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Brisson to 24 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a two-year term of supervised release. The court also ordered Brisson to pay restitution in the amount of $431,812.06 to the Town of Weybridge and its insurer, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Brisson was directed to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving her sentence on September 3.

According to the charging information and court records, Brisson was the town clerk for Weybridge for about 27 years. As clerk, she was an authorized signer on the town checking accounts. Beginning no later than 2006 and continuing through late 2012, Brisson embezzled about $400,000 from the town, primarily by writing checks to herself and depositing the checks into personal accounts. During the period of the embezzlement, Weybridge received more than $10,000 in federal grants, loans and other forms of assistance.

This case was investigated by the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police.

Brisson is represented by Devin McLaughlin. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.


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