September 25, 2017
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Former lawyers’ group bookkeeper guilty of embezzling $166,000

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former bookkeeper for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association has pleaded guilty to embezzling $166,000.

Bettysue Higgins of Gardiner entered her plea Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 3. The Kennebec Journal reported that Higgins’ sentence will be capped at six years under a plea agreement between the prosecutor and Higgins’ attorney.

The 54-year-old Higgins was charged with stealing the money between May 2006 and September 2010 by writing more than 200 association checks to herself for cash and forging the signature of the executive director. Authorities say she used the money for personal use, including online social-networking games.

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