A woman charged with embezzling $173,000 over five years from the town of Bethel where she worked as a cashier for a solid waste facility has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Thirty-seven-year-old Tonya Drury was released on conditions pending a trial which has not been scheduled.
Prosecutors say that between 2005 and 2010 she misappropriated cash payments to the Bethel/Royalton Solid Waste Facility and altered the facility’s records to hide her actions.
The facility is owned by the towns of Bethel and Royalton, but is managed by Bethel.
The office of the U.S. attorney for Vermont says the embezzlement took place when Bethel was receiving more than $10,000 each year from the federal government in the form of grants and loans.