VT State Employee Accused of Embezzlement Pleads Not Guilty

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/21 2014 12:37PM

Updated 04/21 2014 06:22PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont State employee accused of embezzlement pleaded not guilty in court on Monday. 

Lisa Peduzzi, 51, of Planfield, Vt., was released on bail. She faces multiple embezzlement charges by a public official.

Vermont State Police say Peduzzi is accused of using state checks to purchase items for personal use without prior authorization. So far, police say their investigation showed that the Peduzzi has done this 19 times. 

According to court documents, Peduzzi is accused of using the money to buy a 2005 Subaru Forrester, a boat, firearms, and other things. She also is accused of using state funds to pay more than $5,000 in property taxes to the town of Plainfield. In total, she's accused of embezzling nearly $33,000.

"In terms to ties to the community its our view that they have significantly eroded she is no longer employed," David Tartter, Assistant Attorney General, said. "The affidavit indicates that she has some financial difficulty she does appear to own a home but its facing foreclosure so we would argue that the ties to the community have been weakened."

Peduzzi was an employee with the Agency of Administration Office of Risk Management. 

She faces up to 10 years for each count and/or thousands in fines if convicted. Peduzzi's next court appearance is in May.

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