LAMOINE, Maine — A man who is running for assessor in municipal elections next week has been accused of writing a bad check for more than $5,000 in Ellsworth.
Michael J. Jordan, 47, is facing a Class C felony charge of negotiating a worthless instrument, according to Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page.
The Ellsworth Police Department has forwarded the recommended charge to Hancock County District Attorney Michael Povich.
According to Page, Jordan wrote a check for $5,611.80 to Morrison Chevrolet on Feb. 27. The check, which was for a snowplow, bounced because of insufficient funds, he said.
“It’s a felony charge because it’s over $1,000,” Page said Wednesday.
After the check bounced, Jordan was given a notice to come up with the funds within five days but failed to do so, the police officer said. Police summoned Jordan on the criminal charge on March 27.
According to Page, Jordan told him he had expected to get paid for a separate business transaction and to deposit that money into the checking account before the check to Morrison’s cleared. Page said Jordan has not returned the plow to the dealership.
“He told me he tried to and Morrison’s wouldn’t take it back,” Page said.
Jordan is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on May 22 on the charge, according to Page. A Class C crime is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Contacted Friday, Jordan said that an arrangement he had lined up to be paid by someone else fell through after he gave the check to Morrison’s. He said that when he realized he would be short on funds, he tried to get a last-minute bank loan but could not do so because of the poor economy.
He said he never heard from the auto dealer between the time he purchased the plow and when he received the summons from Ellsworth police. He said Morrison’s had tried to contact him after his check bounced but that his cell phone was “down for a little while” because it got wet.
“I’m a businessman. I don’t try to screw over people,” Jordan said. “I’ve been trying to take care of the problem as best I can.”
Jordan said he planned to make good on the money he owes the auto dealer either by next Monday afternoon or by Tuesday morning, the day of the election.
Jordan is challenging incumbent Colene E. Sharkey in next week’s local elections in Lamoine. They are competing for one three-year term as tax assessor.
The election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lamoine Town Office.