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Serial embezzler pleads guilty

Published 10:28 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Serial embezzler Deborah Wilmot of Bridgewater pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny and admitted a violation of probation Jan. 18 in state Superior Court in Litchfield.

She faces up to 20 years on the first-degree larceny charge for misappropriating nearly $22,000 in 2011 as financial controller at Bull's Bridge Golf Club, located along the New Milford/Kent boundary.

Ms. Wilmot, 42, has to pay $9,700 in restitution to the golf club as part of her plea, her attorney, Martin Minnella, said.

Because she violated probation, Ms. Wilmot must serve the remaining 12 years of her 2004 conviction for stealing more than $100,000 from Canterbury School, a private high school in New Milford, where she worked from 2001 to 2003.

"Mrs. Wilmot will be sentenced April 5 after a pre-sentencing investigation is conducted," Minnella said Monday. "There is no pre-agreement on what her sentence will be."

Sentencing is in the hands of Judge James P. Ginocchio, who will rule after reviewing the recommendations in the pre-sentencing report, Mr. Minnella said.

Ms. Wilmot is serving a two-year sentence in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on $221,624 she embezzled in 2008 and 2009 from AmkaiSolutions, a New York software company where she was a bookkeeper.

She was sentenced on the federal charges last September and will have three years of supervised release when she has finished serving that sentence.

Mr. Minnella said he believes Ms. Wilmot has mental health problems and said her previous attorney did not handle her initial case properly.

He added he hopes the judge takes that into consideration in sentencing.

Ms. Wilmot has pleaded guilty or been convicted of taking these amounts while an employee:

* $22,000 from Bull's Bridge Golf Club in Kent in 2011.

*$221,624 from Amkai Solutions in New York in 2008 and 2009.

*$100,000 from Canterbury School in New Milford from 2001 to 2003.

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