WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman is due in court later this month where she is expected to enter a plea to charges she embezzled about $120,000 from a Waterbury business and the local youth hockey association.
Federal court document say Michelle Rutledge, 46, served as the office manager and bookkeeper for Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury for 13 years, until June. She also served as treasurer of the Friends of Harwood Hockey, from 2011 until June.
Rutledge faces up to 20 years in prison. She’s due in federal court in Brattleboro on Dec. 30. Sentencing will come at a later date.
‘‘Ms. Rutledge has great remorse for her conduct,’’ said defense attorney Brooks McArthur. ‘‘She has worked with law enforcement authorities to allow the investigation to help them understand the total amount of the loss. Her intent is to make both victims whole through restitution.’’
The Barre Times Argus (http://bit.ly/1bMLTpZ ) reported that Cold Hollow owner Paul Brown said his employees were ‘‘shocked and disappointed’’ by the charges.
‘‘We have already made a number of changes in staff responsibilities and in our business practice that will reduce the possibility of this happening in the future,’’ Brown said.
Hockey association President Angela Wells said in a statement the organization’s goal has been to ensure its players can get on the ice.
‘‘With the help and support of our hockey families, the Ice Center of Washington West, the Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association and our community, we are well on our way to achieving this goal,’’ it said.
Court documents say Rutledge used credit cards from Cold Hollow and the hockey association to make purchases for her own benefit.