Tuesday, April 11, 2006
[u]Jury indicts former clerk[/u]
By BETTY JESPERSEN
Copyright Â© 2006 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.
FARMINGTON -- The former New Sharon town clerk was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Monday for allegedly stealing in excess of $4,600 from the town in a scheme that investigators said had been going on for three years.
An indictment is not a determination of guilt but an indication there is sufficient evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial in Superior Court.
Ellen Grant, 58, who lives on Smith Road in New Sharon, was indicted for felony theft for allegedly taking money from the town between Jan, 1, 2002, and March 5, 2005. She was town clerk for 12 years and did not run for re-election at the March 2005 annual town meeting.
Although the exact amount taken over the years is believed to be as much as $25,000, most has been repaid to the town and in the end, about $4,600 remains unaccounted for, prosecutors said.