ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor woman and former restaurant owner accused of stealing more than $52,000 last October by writing several fraudulent checks was one of several people indicted Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury.
Jennifer L. Lozano, 42, has been indicted on charges of theft by deception and negotiating a worthless instrument. Both are Class B crimes, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, because of the amount of money allegedly involved.
Lozano was owner of the now-defunct Parkside Restaurant overlooking the Village Green in Bar Harbor last fall when she allegedly stole $52,099.28 from Camden National Bank, according to the Bar Harbor Police Department. She also owned a retail shop called Best of Bar Harbor that was located in the same building. Lozano did not own the building itself.
At the time of her arrest last November, police said she stole the money by writing bad checks for several thousand dollars each with one bank account, depositing them in a checking account at a second bank, and then quickly withdrawing the unsupported funds from the second bank.
According to an affidavit filed in Hancock County Superior Court, Lozano opened a business checking account for Best of Bar Harbor at Camden National Bank on Oct. 24, 2011. The next day, she opened a checking account at Maine Savings Bank and deposited $150 into that account.
Over the next several days, using starter checks from the Maine Savings Bank account, Lozano allegedly wrote out eight checks ranging in value from $3,000 to $8,000 and deposited them into business checking accounts at Camden National Bank, the affidavit indicates. The total value of the amount written on the checks was $54,000.
Lozano is accused of then withdrawing most of the money over the next five days, according to police. Before it realized something was amiss, Camden National submitted all eight allegedly fraudulent checks to Maine Savings Bank, which then returned them all with a notice of “not sufficient funds,” according to the affidavit.
Police said last fall that none of the money has been recovered.
Also indicted Thursday was Sean P. Arey, 22, of Ellsworth. Arey is accused of providing hallucinogenic mushrooms last December to a 16-year old boy who, according to police, later tried to commit suicide while under the influence of the drug by running in front of moving cars on State Street in Ellsworth.
Arey was indicted Thursday on two counts of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs and aggravated possession of scheduled drugs.
Two people were indicted Thursday on charges stemming from an alleged home invasion in Stonington in February of this year. Catherine E. Carton, 33, of Sedgwick and Morris G. Young, 25, of Franklin each were indicted on charges of robbery, burglary, assault, aggravated criminal trespass and theft by unauthorized taking. Carton also was indicted on a charge of violating conditions of release.
According to police, the duo is accused of entering an apartment at Stonington Manor on Feb. 9 and assaulting a 60-year-old woman who lived there before fleeing in a car. Carton and Young are suspected of trying to steal prescription narcotics during the incident, police have said.
The victim was treated at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and later released.
Zachary R. Rand, 21, of Ellsworth was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking. The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Southwest Harbor in February and March of this year and in Ellsworth last month.
Police in Southwest Harbor publicly stated in March that Rand was being investigated at the time for the possible thefts of a flat-screen TV, tools and household items.
Others who were indicted Thursday include:
David W. Meierdirk, 33, Orrington, theft by unauthorized taking.
George E. Miller, 35, Verona Island, criminal threatening, violating conditions of release, threatening display of a weapon.
Amy F. Poors, 38, Ellsworth, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture.
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