The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Amy C. Fletcher, age 45, of Derby Line, Vermont, appeared for sentencing yesterday on her fraud and tax evasion convictions before Judge J. Garvan Murtha in the U.S. District Court in Brattleboro, Vermont.
In June 2015, Fletcher pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. As office manager of Derby Line Ambulance in 2009-12, she embezzled nearly $290,000. Derby Line Ambulance provides ambulance services to five northern Vermont towns. Now under different management, during 2009-12 it was operated by Brian and Amy Fletcher, then husband and wife.
At sentencing yesterday before Judge Murtha, defense counsel David Sleigh urged a non-incarcerative sentence, protesting “mass incarceration.” The United States, represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Darrow, urged a jail term. Judge Murtha sentenced Fletcher to 15 months’ imprisonment, ordering her to report to the Bureau of Prisons on June 21, 2016, to serve her sentence. Judge Murtha also ordered Fletcher to pay restitution to Derby Line Ambulance in the amount of $289,864.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.