Ex-Southern Vermont College Official Dead Of Self-Inflicted Wound Amid Embezzlement Charges

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Friday, February 22, 2013

The former chief financial officer for Southern Vermont College in Bennington, who resigned earlier this month amid allegations he embezzled at least $440,000, was found dead at his home Wednesday night, the Vermont State Police said Thursday.

“I can confirm that James Beckwith, 58, died from what looks like a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Col. Tom L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police, told the Burlington Free Press on Thursday afternoon.

A subsequent statement released by the authorities said police found Beckwith’s body at his Winhall Hollow Road home in South Londonderry on Wednesday evening when troopers responded to a report of a possible missing person.

“No foul play is suspected,” the statement said.

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