BANGOR, Maine — A local woman has been charged as a result of an investigation that determined she received more than $8,600 in general assistance payments to which she was not entitled.
Nicole B. Butterfield, 41, was charged on Friday with Class C felony theft by deception, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, as well as unsworn falsification, a misdemeanor, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday in a news release.
According to Edwards, the charges stem from an investigation that began on Aug. 4, when Bangor police Officer Dan Herrick was called to the city’s General Assistance Office to look into Butterfield’s alleged wrongdoing.
An investigation indicated that Butterfield had been receiving benefits since August 2009, when she signed up for general assistance. She reportedly provided insufficient income data on her application and on subsequent monthly forms, Edwards said.
After a review by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office, Herrick summoned Butterfield on the two charges. She is scheduled to make a court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Nov. 16, Edwards said.