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Theresa Blow Imprisoned For Grand Isle Embezzlements

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Theresa Blow, 65, who now lives in Enosburg Falls, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Burlington to one year and one day of imprisonment following her guilty plea to a charge of federal program embezzlement.  U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that Blow serve three years of supervised release following completion of her prison term and pay restitution of more than $117,000.  The court ordered Blow to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 10 to begin serving her sentence. 

Last September, Blow pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling from the Champlain Islands Parent-Child Center, a non-profit pre-school and after-school care center in South Hero for which she served as a contract bookkeeper.  According to court records, between 2010 and March 2014, Blow embezzled more than $61,000 from the Center by writing without authorization checks that were made payable to herself or to her husband's business, then forging the signature of the authorized signer on the Center's checking account.  Blow deposited the forged checks into her personal bank account and used the proceeds for her own benefit.

The information charged that, in roughly the same time frame, Blow also embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from Grand Isle County, which she served as appointed treasurer since 2008.  At today's sentencing, the court determined the Grand Isle County embezzlement totaled more than $39,500.

Additionally, the court found that Blow had embezzled $2400 from a third employer, the Law Office of David Carter, a law firm in South Hero. 

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

Blow is represented by Mark Kaplan.  The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

Updated June 22, 2015