Former Hampton, Barnstead school employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

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BARNSTEAD — Amy Burley, 47, of Barnstead, pleaded guilty in federal court recently to embezzling more than $130,000 from both the Barnstead and Hampton School Districts.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Burley was employed as a bookkeeper for Barnstead School District and then Hampton School District.

In her role, she processed payroll and handled the payment of invoices.

Burley used her access at Barnstead School District to alter her payroll information, make student loan payments, and pay for an Amazon account charged to Barnstead but controlled by Burley.

The amount stolen or misused was $110,295.

Following her termination from Barnstead, Burley was hired as a bookkeeper at Hampton School District, where she used her position to use district funds to pay student loans and credit cards belonging to her or her family members, totaling $20,966.

Burley is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2023.

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