Federal authorities to review embezzlement case


WILLISTON (AP) -- Federal authorities plan to review the case of a Vermont woman arrested for embezzlement for the second time in four years.

Police say 41-year-old Billie LaFlam Preston of South Burlington, a bookkeeper at a Williston company, was accused last month of stealing $55,000 through the company’s payroll and electronic payment system.

Preston was scheduled to appear in court on July 31 but county prosecutor T.J. Donovan told the Burlington Free Press that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are now interested in the case after reading a story in the newspaper.

He said the arraignment has been canceled so that federal authorities can review the case.

Preston’s attorney, Robert Kaplan of Burlington, said he did not have a comment about the latest charge.

Williston Police Officer Joshua Moore said the company also experienced about $25,000 in unauthorized electronic money transfers.

Court records show that Preston pleaded guilty in May 2010 to embezzling from University Wholesalers on Main Street in Colchester. She was given a deferred sentence under a plea agreement with the possibility that her embezzlement conviction would be removed from her criminal record if she stayed out of trouble for five years.


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