PARIS – A former accountant at Burlington Homes was ordered by a judge Monday to pay $21,000 in restitution to Burlington Homes and its insurers as part of a plea agreement in an embezzlement case.

Lisa M. Stottler, 36, of Turner pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to two counts of Class B theft and received a suspended sentence of 364 days, with one year’s probation.

Stottler will have 23 months to pay Burlington Homes $8,500, and to pay $12,500 to the company’s insurance carrier, Peerless Insurance. A mandatory condition of her probation is that she remain employed, and also pay $10 a month restitution to the state Department of Corrections.

Based on an investigation by Oxford police Sgt. Jon Tibbetts, the state maintained that Stottler, while working as an accountant for the Route 26 mobile home manufacturer, redirected money to herself in transactions dating to August of 2000.

When she was indicted last October, the theft charge alleged Stottler embezzled more than $10,000. Under the plea agreement, however, the state agreed to enter a less serious theft charge as long as the money was repaid.

The Oxford County District Attorney’s Office was prepared to offer expert testimony from an accountant, Roger Fortin, who conducted an audit of the books of the company, which is owned by Theresa Desfosses and Donald Chadwell. Bank records and personnel files were also reviewed, according to court documents filed in the case.


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