Lamoine candidate pays for plow after check bounces

Posted April 06, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.

LAMOINE, Maine — A local candidate for assessor who was summoned by police in March for writing a bad check to an Ellsworth auto dealer said Monday that he has made good on the money.

Michael Jordan, 47, showed a copy of an April 6 receipt from Morrison Chevrolet to a reporter to back up his claim.

“This receipt is to certify that we have received payment in full, in cash, from Michael Jordan,” the document indicates.

Clyde Lewis, general manager for Morrison Chevrolet, confirmed Monday that Jordan had settled his debt with the dealership.

“He did pay,” Lewis said.

Jordan is running for assessor in Lamoine’s municipal elections, which are expected to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the town office. He is running against incumbent Colene Sharkey for a three-year term.

Jordan was charged by Ellsworth police on March 27, a month after he wrote a check of $5,611.80 to Morrison Chevrolet for a snowplow. After the check bounced, Jordan was given five days to make good on the funds but failed to do so, police have said.

As a result, police summoned Jordan on a felony Class C charge of negotiating a worthless instrument. The recommended charge is a felony because the amount of money involved is more than $1,000, according to police.

Jordan has said that he expected to have enough money to pay for the plow but that a separate business deal he was involved in fell through at the last minute. The dealership tried to contact Jordan about the bounced check but his cell phone wasn’t working, he said, which is why he was not contacted by the dealership between the time he wrote the check and when he was summoned by Ellsworth police.

Jordan also has said he unsuccessfully tried to get a bank loan to pay for the plow when he realized the check had bounced.

Jordan, a building contractor by trade, said Monday he is running for the elected position because he is interested in becoming a professional assessor.

Michael Povich, district attorney for Hancock County, said Monday that even though Jordan has paid the money, he does not plan to drop the charge. The amount of money involved is too significant to let the case be dismissed, he said.

“Because he paid in full, I’m not going to pursue a felony,” Povich said.

The prosecutor said he plans to charge Jordan with a Class E charge of negotiating a worthless instrument, which is a misdemeanor. Jordan is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on the charge on May 22.

btrotter@bangordailynews.net

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