Ex-farmers market official accused of embezzling
MONTPELIER — A state administrative law judge has been cited on suspicion of embezzling from the Capital City Farmers Market.
Police say the complaint against Ileen McGurran, 59, was made Jan. 11. Police did not say how much she is accused of taking or for how long the conduct went on. McGurran is scheduled to appear in Washington County criminal court in Barre on March 20.
The market’s board of directors issued a statement late Thursday afternoon.
“The CCFM has turned all investigations regarding Ileen Mcguerran (sic) over to the Montpelier Police Department. The CCFM is not interested in making any public statements about Ileen or this incident. We have reappointed the former treasurer to take Ileen’s place and have moved on to planning another thriving summer market,” the statement said.
McGurran renders decisions in unemployment claims at the Vermont Department of Labor. According to Vermont Public Radio, she is accused of embezzling no more than $1,500 from the market. VPR said her farm, McGurran Bee Farm, was also a vendor at the market but is no longer.
VPR cited an email sent to members of the market saying McGurran, who served as treasurer, forged checks. The email said she tried to repay the money but is still in the process.
According to VPR, the state was unaware of the allegations Thursday morning and as of early Thursday afternoon McGurran had not been placed on leave.
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