Couple pleads not guilty to theft of $240K from Village Ambulance Service


PITTSFIELD -- A husband and wife who allegedly stole about $240,000 from a local ambulance service have pleaded not guilty to felony larceny charges.

Albert H. Miller, 59, and Cara J. Miller, 58, of Williamstown, remain free on personal recognizance following their arraignments on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

The couple is accused of stealing nearly a quarter million dollars from Village Ambulance Service between 2006 and 2011 while they were employed by the nonprofit company. Albert Miller was the general manager.

Both were dismissed in late 2011, according to Erwin Stuebner, president of the ambulance company's board of directors.

Steubner said in a January interview with the Eagle the charges came after a two year investigation.

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

"The Millers cooperated fully with the investigation," said attorney William A. Rota, who represents Cara Miller. "They are looking forward to an appropriate outcome in the near future."

On Wednesday, Cara Miller appeared with Rota and pleaded not guilty to single counts of felony larceny as an ongoing and continuing offense and embezzlement.

Albert Miller, who is represented by attorney Anthony Gianacopoulos, pleaded not guilty to a single count of larceny as an ongoing and continuing offense. Rota stood in for Gianacopolous during the arraignment.

Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III did not ask for bail in the case and Judge John A. Agostini released the defendants on personal recognizance.

The Millers were brought to court via a direct indictment, meaning they weren't arraigned at the District Court level but rather their charges went directly to the grand jury.

A status conference was set for March 27 and a pretrial hearing for July 9.

Village Ambulance Service provides service for Williamstown, Hancock, New Ashford, daytime service for Pownal, Vt. and mutual aid for Adams and North Adams, according to its website.

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