Sarah Sanville Pleads Not Guilty to $315,000 Embezzlement
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 10, 2011|
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Sarah Sanville, 32, of Sheffield, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to a charge that she embezzled $315,000 from her employer. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Sanville on conditions pending trial, which has not yet been scheduled.
On October 19, 2011, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned a one-count indictment accusing Sanville of embezzling at least $315,000 from her employer, Radiantec Company, Inc. of Lyndonville between 2005 and 2011. According to the indictment, Sanville was employed by Radiantec as a bookkeeper. She handled accounts payables and receivables and payroll and had access to the company’s check stock and the signature stamp of the authorized signer on the company’s checking account.
According to the indictment, Sanville began embezzling money from Radiantec not later than January 2005 by writing checks to herself or to other persons or organizations for her own benefit, then forging the authorized signer’s signature on the checks or using the signature stamp without authorization. She then allegedly deposited the checks into her own bank accounts or otherwise benefitted from them.
The indictment also seeks forfeiture of Sanville’s home, a pick-up truck, a snowmobile and a lawn mower that allegedly were purchased with money stolen from Radiantec.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge in the indictment is merely an accusation and that Sanville is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty.
If convicted, Sanville faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.
This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police and the Burlington office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sanville is represented by Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.