Derby Line Woman to Plead Guilty to Fraud and False Tax Filing
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that it filed charges today against Amy C. Fletcher, of Derby Line, Vermont, alleging fraud and a false tax filing. According to the charge, while working for Derby Line Ambulance during 2009-2012, Fletcher diverted money from the company to pay personal expenses, and also filed a false personal tax return in 2011.
The charge alleges that Fletcher “engaged in an ongoing practice of diverting funds from DLA for personal use, paying personal credit cards and home and car loans.” The charge further alleges that over 400 checks were drawn on DLA’s business accounts “made payable to Amy C. Fletcher and others for her benefit. Many of the transfers paid down outstanding balances on 14 credit cards maintained by Fletcher. Such illicit transfers totaled over $250,000.” According to the separate tax charge, Fletcher “willfully made and subscribed a 2011 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040), which was verified by a written declaration,” which understated her actual income and was false.
Also filed today is a Plea Agreement under which Fletcher agrees to plead guilty to both charges. A plea hearing has yet to be scheduled.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The maximum possible penalty for the two offenses is 20 years in prison. Fletcher is represented by attorney David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Darrow.