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Convicted Vt. embezzler charged with stealing from employer

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HYDE PARK, Vt. - Nearly two decades after her first conviction, a white-collar criminal returns to court once again charged with stealing from her employer. Andrea Miller is still paying back a former employer from whom she embezzled $70,000 in the mid-90s. Now she's charged with bilking a ski resort out of tens of thousands more.

Wednesday, one day before her 50th birthday, Miller sat in the Lamoille County Courthouse accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Smugglers' Notch. Her attorney entered her plea of not guilty to 35 counts of false pretenses.

"Technically it's not embezzlement since she was working as a private contractor but they were fraudulent invoices which are still a crime and it was still money out of her employer's pocket," said Lamoille County State’s Attorney Joel Page.

Page and Miller sat in similar seats 18 years ago. In that case the court determined Miller embezzled $70,000 from her employer, a Cambridge-based fuel company. 
She still owes the company more than $50,000.

"My best recollection is she served about 90 days and she's looking at potentially a much longer period of incarceration this time, but that would be up to the judge," said Page.

Spokespeople for Smugglers' Notch would not speak to us on camera, but court documents indicate management personnel believe Miller's fraud may have begun in 2003, though charges only cover the last three years. Staff told investigators Miller admitted to wrongdoing when confronted and asked to sort out a payment plan.

Following court Wednesday Miller did not express similar regret.

"She worked in a couple different departments which gave her a background on how business is done there," said Page.

Page says Miller's experience at the resort allowed her to receive cash checks for more than $42,000. If true it appears she didn't learn from her previous experience in court.

It's unclear if Smugglers Notch management knew of Miller's past conviction before hiring her, but court documents indicate staff did ask her about the incident after an audit uncovered her alleged fraud late last year.

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