Police say embezzler helped close Vt. store

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Police say a Vermont man accused of embezzling nearly $45,000 from a sporting goods company helped drive the company out of business.

Fifty-six-year-old Underhill resident Patrick T. Huntley is accused of stealing the money over four years as comptroller and using it to buy gas, eat dinners out and make payments on a recreational vehicle loan.

The owners of New Horizons in Sports say they’ve had to lay off employees and are now closing their store. The company will continue to operate its embroidery, screen printing and Web business.

Huntley, who refused to comment on the accusations, is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 5.

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