Tuesday July 2, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A Guilford woman has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from a local law firm.

On June 24, in a federal courtroom in Burlington, Kimberly Wilde waived indictment and agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. She could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and be fined up to $250,000. As part of her plea agreement, Wilde agreed to pay back the money she stole from Potter Stewart Jr. Law Offices.

According to court documents, between January 2007 and January 2013, Wilde embezzled the money from the law firm, where she worked managing the firm's finances. In her capacity, Wilde had access to the firm's check stock, its bank statements, credit cards and other financial information.

Wilde embezzled the money by issuing checks in her name and using a signature stamp or forging signatures to make them appear to be authorized. She also used electronic transfers of company funds to pay personal expenses and used company credit cards for personal reasons, according to court documents.

To cover up her thefts, Wilde falsified and altered bank statements and other financial records.

When contacted by the Reformer, Stewart said he has no comment at this time as it is still an ongoing legal matter.

Wilde is next scheduled in U.S. Federal Court in Rutland on July 15 for a change of plea hearing.

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