PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg woman accused of stealing her mother’s credit cards to buy goods in Maine and New Hampshire to support a drug habit pleaded guilty to the charges, along with others Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court.
Justice Robert W. Clifford sentenced Arielle A. Nagy, 22, formerly of 191 Lords Hill Road in Brownfield, to two years in prison, all but 60 days suspended, and two years probation.
Because Nagy is currently in a drug counseling program, her court-appointed attorney, Maurice Porter, asked that she be allowed to finish the program and begin serving the 60 days on Jan. 3, 2013. Clifford accepted the recommendation.
Nagy, who is indigent and receives $138 a month in TANF support, according to court documents, pleaded guilty to:
* Misuse of identification and theft by unauthorized taking on March 28 in Fryeburg, which netted her some cash.
* Negotiating a worthless instrument by writing a check on a closed Norway bank account for $90.58 on April 20 at a Denmark store.
* Misuse of identification and felony theft on April 25 when she stole two of her mother’s credit cards and used them from December 2011 to March 2012, spending $2,564.79 to buy goods at stores in Brownfield, Fryeburg and North Conway, N.H.
Nagy’s father, John Nagy of 191 Lords Hill Road in Brownfield, told Clifford that he turned his daughter in to the Maine State Police for stealing and abusing his wife’s credit cards.
Additionally, he said he turned her in so she could get drug counseling and treatment for doing “heavy-duty drugs.” He pleaded with Clifford to sentence his daughter to jail.
“The best thing is for her to be incarcerated for a little bit to get off drugs and be tested,” John Nagy said. “Until she’s off [drugs], she’s going to continue to steal.”
He then worried aloud that she would eventually steal from the wrong person, get caught and be seriously injured or killed.
That’s why he said that pressing charges against his daughter was “an act of love.”
Arielle Nagy said little other than to plead guilty to the charges and to repeatedly acknowledge to Clifford that she was aware of what rights she was giving up by pleading to the charges.