Lewiston-Auburn area developer sentenced for theft of public funds

Posted April 05, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Maine developer in the Lewiston-Auburn area has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for theft of public money and making false claims to the government.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Travis Soule was sentenced Thursday and ordered to repay $180,000.

The government said Soule lied on Department of Housing and Urban Development loan applications and transferred money that should have been used to rehabilitate low-income rental properties to his personal account in 2007 and 2008.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in July of 2011.

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