BENNINGTON — A Bennington woman is accused of embezzling over $8,000 from the pharmacy where she worked.
Kristie L. Quackenbush, 41, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to 12 felony counts of embezzlement. She was released without bail under conditions, among them that she not go to The Pharmacy on North Street.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole, on May 9 he spoke with the owner of The Pharmacy as well as the office manager who claimed that Quackenbush, who was responsible for paying the pharmacy's bills, had written a number of checks to herself without authorization.
The fraudulent checks were discovered during an internal audit. Police said business records show that between Oct. 26, 2013 and April 6, 2016, a dozen checks were written to Quackenbush totaling $8,664. Police said there may be more that The Pharmacy personnel are investigating.
The owners told police that on May 10 they met with Quackenbush and asked her why she had done this. According to them, Quackenbush said it was because she was having trouble paying her bills and was embarrassed to ask The Pharmacy for more money.
Police noted that Quackenbush had been loaned $16,770 by The Pharmacy over the course of her employment since she started there in June 2012. She had paid back all but $6,945 through payroll deductions.
Cole met with Quackenbush on May 19. She declined to speak with him.
— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115.