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Bellavance sentenced for embezzling

Joyce Bellavance Joyce Bellavance

January 17, 2012

She stole $1.6 million from the public and now an office manager is heading to jail.

Joyce Bellavance was sentenced Tuesday to 3.5 years behind bars as part of a plea deal on federal wire fraud and money laundering charges. Bellavance embezzled from the Hardwick Electric Department. Prosecutors say she spent the money on a condo in Boston, a luxury SUV and paying bills for her daughters.

The theft went on for ten years before the electric department caught on.

Along with the jail time, Bellavance was ordered to pay back $1.1 million to Hardwick Electric and $500,000 to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The government is also working to seize assets funded by Bellavance's crimes, including her Hardwick home.

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