April 24, 2018
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Lewiston housekeeper accused of stealing more than $10,000 from employer

By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — A local woman was indicted Wednesday, charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a man who had hired her as a housekeeper.

Jennifer J. Ames, 34, was indicted on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking when the Androscoggin County grand jury rose this week.

Terry Lowell, the 70-year-old manager of the Multi-Purpose Center and the victim of the alleged theft, said Ames stole $28,000 from his Auburn home in January.

Lowell said he hired Ames, who once worked for him at the Multi-Purpose Center, to take care of his home while he tended to his wife, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

Lowell said Ames was at his home Jan. 25 when he and his wife took a trip to Brunswick. When they returned, the money, which he had planned to use to pay a previous caretaker, was gone.

“I was furious,” Lowell said. “We had her on for three or four months. She knew all of our habits.”

Lowell said he felt he could trust Ames alone in his house.

“I’m a pretty good judge of character,” he said. “At least I thought I was.”

Police went to Ames’ home with a warrant to investigate the matter. Lowell said they found her with $1,000 on her person and several thousand more inside the house. The money was taken as evidence.

“I don’t expect to see any of it back,” Lowell said. “I was going to retire next year. I guess I’m not going to do that.”

Ames will be summoned to appear in court to answer the charge against her.

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