Former Cumberland fire district collector arrested

Former Cumberland Fire District Tax Collector Karen B. Lambert was arrested last month for allegedly embezzling funds from the both the district and a Woonsocket property-management company. More

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Former Cumberland fire district collector arrested

Posted 4/7/14

PROVIDENCE – Former Cumberland Fire District Tax Collector Karen B. Lambert was arrested last month for allegedly embezzling funds from the both the district and a Woonsocket property-management company.

The announcement, made through a statement by R.I. State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, said that Lambert allegedly embezzled $83,761.54 in cash tax receipts from the Cumberland Fire District from September 2008 through August 2013. She also allegedly took $11,667.93 from an unnamed Woonsocket property-management company where she worked as a bookkeeper and used the money in an attempt to cover her theft from the Cumberland Fire District, the statement said.

Lambert was appointed to the position of assistant tax collector at the Cumberland Fire District in September 2006 and promoted to tax collector in June 2008.

Lambert was released on $20,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Sixth Division District Court on June 2 for a pre-arraignment conference.

The penalty for a person convicted of felony embezzlement is a fine of not more than $50,000 or three times the value of the money or property embezzled, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both. •

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