Swanton pair awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to bilking Abenaki support group

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Two women from Swanton are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in federal court to embezzling from the nonprofit group for which they once worked.

The Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office said Louise Larivee, 63; and Candy Thomas, 64 have admitted to stealing more than $100,000 between 2013 and 2017 from the Abenaki Self Help Association and attempting to cover it up.

Larivee pleaded guilty on Wednesday during the third day of her trial in Rutland. Thomas, who testified at Larivee’s trial, had already pleaded guilty. Both women could go to prison for as long as ten years. Thomas will be sentenced next month; Larivee is scheduled for sentencing next spring.

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