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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Susan Blaue Sentenced For Central Vermont Embezzlement

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Susan Blaue, 39, of Bridgewaters Corners, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to two years of probation following her guilty plea to a federal forgery charge. U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that Blaue serve three months of home confinement, perform 100 hours of community service and pay restitution totaling $94,736.20.

On March 29, 2017, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned a three count indictment charging Blaue with forgery, mail fraud and credit card fraud. According to the indictment, between 2012 and early 2015, Blaue was employed by ABLE Waste Management and two related companies in Plymouth. Beginning in early 2013, Blaue served as a bookkeeper for the companies, handling accounts receivables and payables and the companies’ payroll. Although she did not have check signing authority on the companies’ accounts, she did have access to a signature stamp of the companies’ owner, who was a signer.

According to the indictment, beginning in approximately April 2013 and continuing through the end of her employment in January 2015, Blaue stole approximately $130,000 from ABLE Waste Management and the related companies. Blaue did this by issuing many checks to herself without authorization, forging the owner’s signature on the checks or using the signature stamp without permission, then depositing the checks into her own bank account. Blaue also used company funds to pay her personal bills, and used ABLE credit cards to make purchases for herself. In addition, Blaue used company funds to pay the rent on the company-owned house she lived in while employed by ABLE.

Blaue pled guilty to the forgery charge last fall.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office.

Blaue is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Quinn. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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Updated February 6, 2018