Sunday, July 27, 2014

Restitution at issue in embezzlement case in Vermont

A woman due for sentencing for embezzling more than $125,000 from Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Harwood Youth Hockey Association is willing to give up any interest she has in her former home to help pay restitution, her defense lawyer says.
Burlington attorney Brooks McArthur said Michelle Rutledge, 47, felt pressured to sign over any interest she had in the family home in South Duxbury after her husband filed for divorce in May.
He said Rutledge, who is unrepresented by a lawyer in the divorce case, soon learned she could have marital interest in the family home.
"The defendant is in the process of transferring her interest in the property to her husband without receiving compensation for the value of her interest," Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa A.D. Ranaldo said in a motion to try to block the move.
Federal Judge William K. Sessions III recently signed an emergency order stopping Jonathan Rutledge from taking full control of the Clark Road house, court records show.
Jonathan Rutledge, 40, declined commentto the Burlington Free Press.
The house was assessed at $206,000 during the last appraisal in Duxbury in 2006, according to the Town Clerk's Office.

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