Guilty plea in American Ambulance embezzlement case

The former training director for American Ambulance pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from the company as his trial was set to begin Thursday in New London Superior Court.

Jeffrey Howe, 43, of Warwick, R.I., pleaded guilty to second-degree larceny and will receive a fully suspended 10-year prison sentence followed by five years of probation on Aug. 21. Howe, who was represented by attorney Jeffrey D. Cedarfield of Bristol, had previously rejected prosecutor David J. Smith’s offer to plead guilty in exchange for a suspended prison sentence followed by three years of probation.

Norwich police charged Howe with first-degree larceny in April 2013, three years after he was fired from his job as director of training for American Professional Education Services, a company associated with American Ambulance. He had been in the position since 2000, traveling throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to provide training for emergency medical technicians.

Howe is accused of submitting falsified mileage reimbursement claims totaling $6,451, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. He is also charged with billing three Rhode Island clients directly for more than $15,500 worth of training he performed using American staff and equipment.

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