Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Former Maine Town Official Embezzled As Much As $200K

Cindy L. Dunton, 47, of Newburgh, Maine, is accused of embezzling as much as $200,000 from the municipal coffers of the Town of Newburgh, where she had served as deputy treasurer. This past April, Dunton had pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $150,000 over a two year period, between 2007 and 2009. However, a town audit revealed that $199,536 was unaccounted for the three year period 2006 through 2009. Authorities said the losses could go higher. Dunton was hired back in 1999. The town audit revealed that Dunton issued at least 17 checks to herself or her husband, Alan Dunton, ranging from $2,800 to $21,500.

Read the story here, here and here.

Watch the video of town meeting discussion here.

Update (10/27/10): Dunton was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury on charges she embezzled $199,536 from the Town of Newburgh over the course of four years, from January 1, 2006 to the end of 2009.

Update (4/11/11): Dunton pleaded guilty today to charges she embezzled nearly $200,000 from the Town of Newburgh, Maine where she had served as deputy treasurer. She faces up to 10 years in prison and must make full restitution, plus pay $50,000 in expenses to cover the cost of the investigation and prosecution. Watch the news video here.

Update (7/5/11): Dunton was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay a total of $252,000 in restitution.

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