Town Treasurer’s Arrest Shakes Ira Community

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The former treasurer of a small Vermont town is getting ready to admit to his role in an embezzlement case that authorities say spanned decades and involved more than $400,000.

Donald Hewitt, who was treasurer of Ira, Vt., for more than 30 years, allegedly pilfered the money from town accounts by writing checks to himself, pocketing property tax payments and writing off tax bills as paid, when they weren’t. The revelations stunned the town of 447 people and have led to changes in the way town officials do business.

The 59-year-old Hewitt, who will plead to one count of wire fraud Monday in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro, could get 20 years in prison.

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