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Mass. couple accused of embezzling money from ambulance service

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., - A local couple is facing accusations that they stole from a Massachusetts ambulance service.

Albert and Cara Miller are well known in Williamstown and are accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars or several years from the not-for-profit organization.

The 40 members of the Village Ambulance Service feel betrayed by their trusted and longtime co-workers.

The Berkshire County District Attorney's Office announced last week that the couple is facing charges of larceny and embezzlement. They are accused of stealing $240,000 dollars while employed by the Village Ambulance Service in Williamstown.

Board President Dr. Winn Stuebner said the Millers were longtime employees who handled the books.

"They were very good at this. Even our year Y audits didn't find anything," said Stuebner.

The discovery of missing money happened two years ago when co-workers noticed packages arriving from stores that had nothing to do with emergency medical care. A forensic accounting investigation found that the money had been stolen over a five year period beginning in 2006.

NEWS10 ABC went to the Miller's home but no one answered the door.

Shawn Godfrey, a co-worker to the Millers, along with Stuebner said that patient care has never in jeopardy.

Since the discovery of the alleged theft, the Village Ambulance Service has taken a proactive approach and Stuebner said they have strengthened financial protocol. They also say a rise in calls and service to area nursing homes has significantly helped to cover a portion of what was lost.

The Millers pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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