James L. Royer, 31, faces 15 charges

James L. Royer, 31, the general manager of Royer’s Auto Sales in Newport, faces 15 charges, including felony embezzlement. Royer pleaded not guilty in Orleans Superior Court and was released on conditions. He’s accused of withholding taxes and fees from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, misusing dealer funds, and forging vehicle titles. Following multiple complaints, investigations revealed potential misuse of funds. If convicted, Royer could face up to 97 years in prison and $52,000 in fines.