Fryeburg embezzler ordered to repay money

Posted Sept. 18, 2010, at 12:49 p.m.

PARIS, Maine — A former bookkeeper for a nonprofit school food service has been ordered to repay $20,000 after pleading guilty to theft from the organization.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston says 57-year-old Jane Dutton of Fryeburg will not serve any jail time. But she was ordered Friday to pay back $20,000 to the volunteer-run Maine School Food Services Association.

Dutton entered the guilty plea Friday in Oxford County Superior Court. She was charged with embezzling the money between August 2005 and July 2007 while serving as the association’s treasurer and bookkeeper.

Under a plea agreement approved by Justice Robert Clifford, Dutton must repay the stolen money over four years. If she’s successful, she can withdraw her plea to the felony count and plead to a misdemeanor count of theft and pay a $500 fine.

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