Lamoine official charged in theft from foreclosed property

Posted June 30, 2011, at 11:58 a.m.
Last modified July 01, 2011, at 9:25 a.m.

LAMOINE, Maine — A local elected official is facing a criminal charge after allegedly stealing some items from a property he used to own, according to police.

Michael J. Jordan has been charged with felony theft for taking cabinets and appliances from a Shore Road property that a local bank foreclosed on this spring, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Jordan, 49, is one of Lamoine’s three elected assessors. His term as an assessor is due to expire June 30, 2012, according to the town’s website.

Jordan also caused damage to the property by leaving behind exposed holes and hardware in the walls of the house where he removed some of the items, Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Sargent said Wednesday.

Contacted Thursday afternoon, Jordan claims the items he removed belong to him. He built the house by hand, he said, and owned the items before purchasing the property and constructing the house.

Jordan said he was given only 48 hours notice that the bank planned to foreclose on his property. He said he plans to go to court to challenge the bank’s claim.

In addition to serving as an assessor, until recently Jordan held the appointed positions of road commissioner, deputy code enforcement officer and planning board alternate in Lamoine. His terms as road commissioner and deputy code enforcement officer are expected to expire Thursday, at the end of June, according to information posted on the town’s official website. His appointment as planning board alternate is expected to expire on June 30, 2012.

Jordan said he submitted a letter of resignation from the appointed positions because he was asked to do so by the selectmen.

“I feel like I should not work for someone who does not want me to work for them,” Jordan said.

Jordan said he does not plan to resign as an assessor, however, because he has been encouraged to stay on by the town’s two other elected assessors, residents and other members of the public.

In early 2009, when Jordan was running as a candidate for the position of assessor in Lamoine, he was charged with negotiating a worthless instrument, a class C felony charge. He had written a check for $5,611.80 to purchase a snowplow from an Ellsworth auto dealer, but the check bounced, police said at the time. Jordan did not come up with the funds within five days of when the check bounced, and so was charged by police.

Jordan later made good on the funds before the election was held, however, and subsequently was elected. That fall, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of negotiating a worthless instrument and was sentenced to pay a $200 fine without having to serve any time in jail.

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