IRS lien on Derby Line Ambulance

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copyright the Chronicle November 29, 2017

 

by Elizabeth Trail

 

DERBY — The select board here won’t be sending any more money to Derby Line Ambulance until it gets answers about a $151,110 tax lien the IRS slapped on the ambulance service at the end of September.

The board was hoping to talk to representatives of the ambulance service at its November 20 meeting. When no one from the squad showed up, the board voted unanimously to cut off funding.

“They didn’t tell us they weren’t coming,” Selectman Brian Smith said by phone Monday.

The ambulance crew had originally planned to attend an earlier select board meeting but rescheduled, saying they couldn’t make that date.

“The select board voted to lay it out to the ambulance board that they won’t be cutting any more checks,” Town Administrator Bob Kelley said Monday.

He said the town has been issuing a monthly check for about $9,000 to support the ambulance service. That’s the $104,000 apportionment voted at last year’s Town Meeting divided into monthly payments.

Mr. Kelly said he had hoped the possibility of losing the funding would bring ambulance officials to the table.

“It’s the carrot we have,” he said, going on to explain that Derby Line Ambulance is an independent nonprofit, not a part of town government.

That means the town has very limited ability to look into Derby Line Ambulance’s finances. And this isn’t the first time the ambulance service has had problems.

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Fletcher sentenced to 15 months for ambulance embezzlement

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016 

by Joseph Gresser

In June of last year, Amy C. Fletcher, 45, of Derby Line admitted to embezzling almost $290,000 from the Derby Line Ambulance (DLA). The former secretary, treasurer, and bookkeeper of the emergency squad pled guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

On May 19 of this year federal Judge Garvan Murtha sentenced Ms. Fletcher to serve a 15-month prison term and pay $289,864 in restitution to the ambulance corps.

David Sleigh, Ms. Fletcher’s lawyer, tried to persuade Judge Murtha to impose a sentence that did not include time behind bars, a press release…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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