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Addison N.E. bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement, petty larceny

BRISTOL, Vt.-Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced that Amy Cousino, former bookkeeper for the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union in Bristol, pled guilty in Addison District Court April 12 to one count of felony embezzlement and one count of misdemeanor petty larceny.

Cousino received a deferred sentence on the embezzlement count, and was placed on probation with the Vermont Department of Corrections for five years. She was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, to comply with any counseling deemed appropriate by the Department of Corrections, and to pay $41,746.91 in restitution to the school union, $10,000 of which was paid at the time of sentencing.

In addition, on the petty larceny count, Cousino received a sentence of 30 days to six months in jail, which was suspended for two years during which time Cousino will be on probation with the Vermont Department of Corrections.

According to affidavits filed with the court, between February 2008 and February 2009 Cousino was employed as the bookkeeper by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANESU) in Bristol.

Cousino was responsible for collecting and depositing lunch-money receipts, maintaining the business records, and managing the accounts payable for ANESU.

During that time, she stole $22,568.40 from lunch-money receipts that were entrusted to her for deposit.

Cousino also used a Shaw's supermarket purchase card, which has been issued to ANESU, to make unauthorized personal purchases in the amount of $6,359.21.

Cousino used an ANESU credit card to make unauthorized personal purchases in the amount of $12,819.30. The total amount of cash and credit card purchases that she fraudulently converted to her own use was $41,746.91.

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