June 25, 2018
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Bucksport woman charged with theft of $28,000

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

BUCKSPORT, Maine — A Bucksport woman faces a charge of theft after she allegedly used a stolen debit card to withdraw $28,000 from an elderly man’s account at a local credit union over a five-month period.

According to Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department, Brandy Freeman, 26, worked for the victim’s family and was able to obtain access to the man’s financial records and his debit card. Beginning last fall, Winchester said, Freeman allegedly used the card at “numerous” ATM machines in Bucksport and the surrounding area to withdraw funds from the man’s account. The amount taken totaled $28,000, he said Wednesday.

The debit card has been recovered and Winchester said that there do not appear to be any outstanding withdrawals from the man’s account.

Although the thefts began last fall and continued into this year, they were not reported to police until earlier this month. Working with Bucksport police Officers Robert Findlay and Franklin Burke, Winchester charged Freeman with Class B theft last week.

A Class B crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 in addition to any restitution that might be ordered.

Freeman is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on June 23.

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