Man admits embezzling funds
A Milford man admitted last month to embezzling from Bon Bon's Mobil while managing the Merrimack service station for Draper Energy of Nashua, court records show. Howard Ahrenburg, 41, of 36 North St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to a single, misdemeanor theft charge on Jan. 23, was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay back the money, Hillsborough County Superior Court records show. Ahrenburg had faced five felony theft charges, alleging that he stole money from the firm on five days, from March 25-29, by failing to deposit the day's cash receipts as expected. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Kent Smith dropped the remaining charges after Ahrenburg admitted to the one, reduced charge, however. Draper Energy officials called Merrimack Police last year after discovering that the bank hadn't reported the deposits, Detective Kenneth Stimson testified in a hearing in Merrimack District Court. When questioned, Ahrenburg admitted taking the money from the store's safe, saying his family had fallen into financial problems, and he had meant to repay the money, Stimson said. Ahrenburg had kept the deposit slips for the money, and was able to produce them when company officials asked about it. Now, he will be under court order to pay it back, plus the state Department of Corrections' 17 percent handling fee. A hearing has been scheduled for March 26 to determine exactly how much Ahrenburg owes the company, but officials testified in district court that their records indicated he never made deposits of $2,555.35, $2,424.31, $2,675.68, $3,712.67 and $704.70 on five consecutive days.