Bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement charges


DORSET -- The former bookkeeper for the Dorset Field Club has pleaded guilty to a federal charged related to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the organization.

According to the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Vermont, Diane Schmaler, 61, of Cossayuna, N.Y., pleaded guilty on May 15 in United States District Court District of Vermont to interstate transportation of stolen money. She was released by U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy on conditions pending her sentencing on Sept. 2.

She could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors said the amount she took from the club by writing checks to herself has not been fully determined, but she has repaid $60,000.

The embezzlement occurred between 2007 and ended June 2013. In September of that year, Schmaler left the club just before an audit which reveled her activity. Prosecutors said she falsified entries in the club’s general ledger in an effort to cover her actions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations handled the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples. Attorney Robert O’Neill represents Schmaler.

The Dorset Field Club is a golf course organization started in 1886, according to its website.

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