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Mass. couple plead guilty to embezzlement

January 19, 2010

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PITTSFIELD, Mass.—A North Adams couple has pleaded guilty to stealing $1.5 million from a gas station in the city they worked for to feed a drug habit.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Vivian Gagnon-Vogel and 60-year-old George Vogel are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16 after pleading guilty in Berkshire Superior Court last week to embezzlement and falsifying corporate books.

The couple took the money from the O'Connell Convenience Plus between December 2003 and November 2007.

Authorities say Gagnon-Vogel, a bookkeeper who worked in the company's North Adams office, handled cash and credit card receipts for the store managed by her husband.

Investigators said she stole up to $1,000 a day to fuel her drug dependency.

Both are free pending sentencing.

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Information from: The Berkshire Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com