Convicted embezzler arrested on domestic violence assault charge

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 7:19 p.m.
Kara Gordon
Waldo County Jail
Kara Gordon
Jeremy Arpan
Waldo County Jail
Jeremy Arpan

BELFAST, Maine — A woman about to go to prison for embezzling more than $36,000 from a local veterinary clinic was arrested early Saturday morning outside a local bar on a charge of domestic violence assault.

Kara Gordon, 32, of Belfast allegedly pushed her husband to the ground repeatedly in a parking lot outside a Front Street bar, according to a report by the Belfast Police Department.

Police charged her with the assault and violating her conditions of release.

Gordon was on postconviction bail before Monday morning, when she was scheduled to begin her prison term with the Maine Department of Corrections.

Police also arrested another man, Jeremy P. Arpan, who reportedly assaulted Gordon’s husband that night.

Police did not offer a motive for either assault.

Arpan, 33, of Belfast reportedly did not cooperate when police arrived at the scene. According to the report, he began calling the officers vulgar names and when they warned him to quiet down he kept yelling and swearing.

Even though the husband did not prefer to press charges against Arpan, police eventually arrested Arpan and charged him with disorderly conduct. According to the report, he continued to act belligerently, even after his arrest, and when he arrived at Waldo County Jail to be booked, he was placed in a restraint chair. He also reportedly made threats of bodily harm to the officers.

In addition to the charge of disorderly conduct, he was charged with criminal threatening, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and refusal to sign the uniform summons and complaint.

Gordon last month was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking by Judge Robert Murray at Waldo County Superior Court. Gordon had pleaded guilty to the embezzlement, which occurred at Little River Veterinary Hospital in Northport.

According to police reports, she had been working there from September 2008 through September 2010, when the thefts occurred. One of her strategies was to pretend that customers came in to the clinic to return merchandise. Since these fabricated customers did not have accounts at the clinic, Gordon reported handing out cash refunds. She actually would refund the cash to herself, police said.

A manager at the clinic told police that Gordon embezzled $36,238 this way while she was employed there. After she was dismissed from her job, the amount of cash returns from non-client accounts dropped substantially, the manager said.

Gordon, who had two prior theft convictions, was found guilty of the latest theft charge on Nov. 4. She was sentenced to two years in prison with all but six months suspended. She also has been sentenced to a three-year probationary period and must pay Little River Veterinary Hospital $36,238 in restitution.

While she was awaiting her sentencing, Gordon was held on unsecured bail of $2,500. She also was required to stay away from Dr. George Holmes and his veterinary hospital.

Court documents show that Gordon applied to have the state pay for her attorney’s fees because she stated she did not have any income or funds. She was found by the court to be “partially indigent” in March and was required to pay $500 toward her attorney’s fees.

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