Motel clerk accused of embezzling $17K

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) — A former motel clerk in Vermont has pleaded not guilty to taking more than $17,000 in room refund cancellations.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kaileigh Demers, of St. Johnsbury, was in court Monday. She had worked at the Colonnade Inn in Lyndon from November to April.

The Caledonian Record reports Lyndonville police say she refunded room cancellations back to her personal bank account. She pleaded not guilty to embezzlement and grand larceny.

Police Chief Jack Harris said in an affidavit that Demers, a single mother with bills, said she had been running an online business that slowed. She said she intended to pay the money back.

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