POLICE BEAT

Mariaville woman accused of stealing from nonprofit for developmentally disabled

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock County woman is facing charges she allegedly embezzled more than $15,000 from an Ellsworth nonprofit that works with people with developmental disabilities.

Sandra Linnell, 42, of Mariaville, has been summoned for theft for reportedly misusing company credit cards at Yesterday’s Children, Inc., a nonprofit that serves Hancock, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. The Class B charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department said Tuesday that management at Yesterday’s Children discovered financial discrepancies while going through the company’s books.

“She was using company credit cards to make personal purchases and has been doing it for a few years,” Page said. He said Linnell has worked at Yesterday’s Children for more than two years.

Yesterday’s Children operates three residential facilities and two learning centers and offers other assistance and advocacy services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Neither a representative for Yesterday’s Children nor Linnell could be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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