Treasurer of SAD 4 parent group summoned on theft charge

Posted Oct. 08, 2010, at 10:47 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — A local woman who held the position of treasurer of the HUGS parent group in SAD 4 was summoned Thursday on a felony theft charge.

Tessa Herrick, 31, is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the parent organization, which helps with school projects.

Investigator Jamie Kane of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said officers from the HUGS group contacted him in September about possible missing money.

“We’ve been gathering the documentation” since then, he said.

Kane said there has been full restitution.

“This was an unfortunate, isolated incident involving one member of the parent group,” SAD 4 Superintendent Paul Stearns said Friday. “The leadership of the group brought the issue to our attention and legal authorities were contacted within the hour. Full restitution has been made and the funds are back where they belong. They took the appropriate action and the system worked. The HUGS group has supported the elementary school program for years; we are grateful for what they do.”

Herrick is expected to make her initial court appearance on the charge on Nov. 22 in Dover-Foxcroft District Court.

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