BURLINGTON - The former office manager of Delabruere’s Auto Sales in Newport denied embezzlement-related charges during her arraignment in U.S. District Court in Burlington yesterday. Manon Cote, 45, of Newport, pleaded not guilty to a three-count indictment charging her with mail and wire fraud and forging checks while employed by Delabruere's Auto Sales in Newport.
Cote worked for the car dealership beginning in 2000, and the embezzling allegedly began in 2006 and lasted until 2012. She is accused of embezzling about $400,000 from the dealership between 2006 and 2012 by stealing cash from the daily receipts, which she was responsible for depositing into the company's bank account; by trying to cover up the thefts by writing company checks to unauthorized payees and depositing those back into the company account; and by using the company's signature stamp for that purpose.
For more of this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 10, 2013.