BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont woman accused of embezzling $400,000 from a Newport auto dealership where she worked as an office manager has pleaded guilty in a plea deal.
Manon Cote of Newport, who handled the ledger at DeLaBruere's Auto Sales and made bank deposits, was accused of taking cash receipts and writing out company checks to unauthorized payees to cover up the theft between 2007 and 2012.
She also is accused of writing checks to herself to pay personal loans, using a company credit card for personal reasons and buying a laptop computer with company funds.
She originally faced three charges but pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of uttering a forged instrument.
The Caledonian Record reports that a sentencing hearing is planned for February in federal court in Brattleboro.
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