Hoosick Falls woman accused of stealing from employer appears in court

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SHAFTSBURY, Vt. — A Hoosick Falls woman charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a local business appeared in court Friday.

Lisa Taber worked as a secretary for Latif Plumbing and Heating, LLC when police say she started using the business account to pay her personal bills.

The owner of the business, Donald Latif, said his plumbing business was actually doing well, but that wasn’t reflected in his financial books. His wife Sandy decided to look at the business checking account and found several discrepancies.

“Several checks in one month that were written to her and it was not my husband’s signature at the bottom,” she said.

Vermont State Police said Taber embezzled at least $48,155.27 from Latif’s company. They said she issued herself numerous checks for personal use but recorded those transactions as “job materials purchased.”

Taber’s alleged actions not only affected the business but also its employees. Latif said he had no choice but to lay off two of his employees.

Chad Swartz was an apprentice at the plumbing business.

“First I was surprised because I didn’t know why,” he said. “Don had called me saying he had some financial issues, and you know my mind was wandering, ‘Did I do something wrong?’”

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