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Realtor board official faces embezzlement charges

Officials allege exec used funds for personal expenses

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An official for a small Realtor board in Vermont is facing embezzlement charges for allegedly ringing up about $30,000 worth of personal expenditures using a board credit and debit card, according to reports. Piquette Scribner, 30, of Johnson, Vt., pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement during an appearance last week in Lamoille District Court in Hyde Park, Vt., the Burlington Free Press newspaper reported. Scribner had reportedly served as association executive for the Lamoille board since 2004. Lisa Burlinson, board president, and Sharon Bateman, board treasurer, said in a written statement to Stowe Police that board officials had "been pursuing the financial records of the board," though Scribner had reportedly not been cooperative in turning over these records. Scribner could not immediately be reached for comment today, and her court-appointed lawyer was also not immediately available for comment. Bateman and Burlinson reported in their statement that Scribner ...