Former Arlington Lions Club treasurer accused of embezzling $18,560

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ARLINGTON — The former volunteer treasurer of the Arlington Lions Club has been cited for allegedly embezzling $18,560 from the organization over a period of four years.

According to Vermont State Police, Mary E. Kerner, 60, of Arlington, is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit on July 25. Police say Kerner had access to the club's debit card, which she used over 100 times for personal expenses between 2009 and 2013. The embezzlement was discovered by the new treasurer who was appointed in 2015, said police.

Nick Monte, of the Lion's Club, said he could not comment on the specific situation, nor could he confirm the organization's yearly operating budget. He said the position of treasurer is elected, and that the current treasurer is his wife, Judy Monte.

The club recently awarded three $250 scholarships, and also helps purchase eyeglasses and hearing aids for those who cannot afford them. "We're a service organization that is dedicated to helping those in need in the community," said Monte.

Kerner turned herself in at the Shaftsbury barracks on July 6. A press release indicated she was not held, nor was any bail placed upon her.

— Staff reports


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