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Diaz ordered not to destroy any records

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copyright the Chronicle August 9, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Former Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz has been ordered not to destroy any more town records or documents and to hand over any still in her possession. “Defendant has admitted... More »

Diaz says she threw thumb drive away

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copyright the Chronicle August 2, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Former Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz said in court on Tuesday that she has destroyed at least one thumb drive, possibly the one the select board and auditor Jeff Graham ha... More »

Coventry gets its checks back

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copyright the Chronicle July 26, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — In a ten-minute hearing on Monday, Orleans Superior Court Judge Robert Bent ordered a local bank to return about $5,100 in town money that former Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia D... More »

In Coventry, Diaz is out, Barlow is in — at least for now

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copyright the Chronicle June 14, 201 by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — After a week of dramatic twists and turns, David Barlow has been appointed to serve as what Coventry Select Board members called a “temporary interim” town clerk and treasurer. He will serve ... More »

The Coventry case Diaz bond revoked, has ten days

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copyright the Chronicle May 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz has ten days to come up with a $2.5-million bond or lose her job. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) paid up on the town’s $500,000 claim on W... More »

Auditor says roughly a million missing in Coventry

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copyright the Chronicle March 22, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Between $876,343 and $1.43-million has gone missing in Coventry over a six-year period, according to new figures from auditor Jeff Graham. Selectmen said at their meeting Monday that they... More »

Coventry will hire delinquent tax collector

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copyright the Chronicle March 8, 2017   by Randi Morse   COVENTRY — Arsenic-heavy water and the power of the select board — that was the main meal during Coventry’s Town Meeting on Tuesday. Over 140 people, including those covering the proceedings from WCAX an... More »

Coventry voters grill selectmen

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copyright the Chronicle February 22, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Early on a Saturday morning seems like an unlikely time to draw a crowd for an informational meeting with the select board. But close to 30 people showed up at the community center her... More »

Coventry Selectmen will air town’s problems

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copyright the Chronicle February 15, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — The selectmen here are planning a series of public meetings over the next three weeks to talk with town voters about their problems with Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz, and thei... More »

Diaz pleads the Fifth, then testifies

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copyright the Chronicle February 1, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Immediately after she took the witness stand in Orleans County Superior Court on Monday, Cynthia Diaz invoked the Fifth Amendment. “Hadn’t you better hear the questions first?” Judge How... More »

Diaz ignores order to hand over documents and cash

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copyright the Chronicle January 4, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   NEWPORT — Last Friday’s court-imposed deadline has come and gone, and so far Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz hasn’t turned over town documents that the select board and auditor Jeff ... More »

Town of Coventry files civil complaint against Diaz

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copyright the Chronicle December 21, 2016   by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Attorney Paul Gillies has filed a civil complaint on the town’s behalf against Town Clerk, Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector Cynthia Diaz, based on the forensic audit report relea... More »