Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former Hartland Church Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

The former treasurer of the First Universalist Society Church in Hartland pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to embezzling nearly $8,000.

Tamara Ross, of Hartland, received a suspended six-month to two-year sentence on the felony embezzlement charge, and was placed on probation for two years.

The 45-year-old Ross must also pay $500 in restitution to the church, which Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill said is the amount of money the church paid to meet its insurance deductible.

The insurance company reimbursed the church in the amount of $7,500, the limit of its policy coverage.

Ross embezzled a total of $7,910 between September 2014 and April 2015, Cahill said, adding that church officials were satisfied with the resolution to the case.

Ross, who said she is disabled, will repay the $500 in $25 monthly increments.

She didn’t speak in court on Tuesday.

The misdeed came to light in May 2016 following a lengthy investigation by police, the church’s board of directors and a forensic accounting firm.

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