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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Former State Tax Examiner Pleads Guilty to Felony Embezzlement

October 21, 2019

Contact: Earl F. Fechter, Assistant Attorney General, 802-828-3171

On Friday, October 18, Chelsea Hoadley, former Tax Examiner with the Vermont Department of Taxes, pleaded guilty in Washington County Criminal Court to one felony count of embezzlement in violation of 13 V.S.A. § 2537. Superior Court Judge Mary Morrissey presided over the matter.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ms. Hoadley was sentenced to 18 months to 3 years, all of which were suspended except for 90 days of home confinement furlough. Additionally, Ms. Hoadley must complete a 3-year term of probation, pay a $147 court surcharge, follow standard probation conditions following home confinement, and participate in a Community Justice Center/Reparative Board program within 12 months. Ms. Hoadley must also inform any future employer for whom she works in a fiduciary capacity or handles money that she was convicted of felony embezzlement.

Ms. Hoadley’s guilty plea stems from charges that were brought in January by the State of Vermont. It had been alleged that Ms. Hoadley embezzled $15,773 from the Vermont Department of Taxes by using another person’s identifying information, thereby, causing payments from the State to be issued to her personal bank account in 2018.

A restitution hearing has been scheduled for January 2, 2019.

Last modified: October 21, 2019