A Waterford woman accused of embezzling more than $240,000 from her employer told investigators she was trying to support her two adult sons including one with a $2,000 a day drug habit. Lisa Goodell, 52, has been charged by prosecutors with four counts of felony embezzlement. Goodell is scheduled to answer the charges in court today. Goodell is accused of stealing the money starting in 2019 while she worked as a bookkeeper for a St. Johnsbury business – “Classic Designs by Matthew Burak.” “She went on to say that both of her sons were over-drafting their accounts due to their drug habits, so she was attempting to keep them afloat while also trying to keep her own financial accounts afloat.” According to court documents, Goodell’s sons, Kyle Goodell, 23, and Matthew Goodell, 26, have both been involved in the drug world. “Lisa stated that Kyle had told her he was spending $2000/day solely on drugs.” Lisa Goodell, who was hired by Matthew Burak in 2018, is accused of embezzling over $242,000 from Classic Designs and a second company owned by Burak operating under the name “MCB Leasing.” She was fired in Sept. of 2021.
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