September 25, 2017
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Former Maine selectwoman denies kickback charges

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former selectwoman in Chelsea, Maine, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include trying to get a contracted plow driver to overbill the town so she could be given some of the money.

Fifty-three-year-old Carole Swan pleaded not guilty Friday to aggravated forgery, attempted theft, and two counts of improper compensation for services. She was arrested in February.

The Kennebec Journal reports the driver told police he had paid Swan $3,000 and $7,000 on separate occasions in 2010 and was being asked to inflate a bill for road sand to pay her more.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office set up a recorded sting in which the driver paid Swan an undisclosed sum.

Swan’s lawyer says her actions were part of a municipal investigation into the driver’s conduct.

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