Comments for: Ex-Chelsea selectwoman accused of tax fraud claims she is illiterate

Posted Dec. 06, 2012, at 2:54 p.m.

PORTLAND | A former town selectwoman’s inability to read and write will be part of her defense when fighting tax fraud and worker’s compensation charges in Maine. Carole Swan, of Chelsea, testified this week during a suppression hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor that she’s functionally illiterate. Attorney …

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  • Anonymous

    Alright I am gonna say it – liar liar pants on fire….

    • Anonymous

      She is wacky. I bet she can read the markings on different money.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t knbow what she’s been smoking, but she must have inhaled. :)

    • 02b9c

      inhaled?… hell she smoked the whole dam bag.

  • Anonymous

    She was hired as a town’s selectwoman, but can’t read or write? Crazy? Yes. Illiterate? Doubtful.

    • Anonymous

      Not really, I’m not sure my selectman can read beyond the first grade level.

      • Anonymous

        Meanwhile millions of educated Americans are out of work

  • Anonymous

    If we are letting illiterate people be selectmen(women), I think we should set our standards a bit higher for public office.

    • Well, we let Obama be president, so don’t you think this whole business is hopeless?

      • Anonymous

        I’m no cheerleader for Obama, but I fail to see how Romney would have done anything different aside from rubber stamping offensive social conservative goals… His spending goals would baloon our deficit just as much as Obama.

  • Anonymous

    She certainly isn’t Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic.

    • fourCatssoon

      IN my opinion she is lying. 15 years in prison is where the inmates will teach her to read and write very quickly.

  • Anonymous

    If she can convince people of this silly story, she’s one smart lady. But it doesn’t pass my straight face test. Perhaps she should have had her lawyer review her tax forms and then she would not have had to hire him now.

  • Even if someone bought that she was functionally illiterate (which is doubtful) and gives her a pass on the tax fraud…how does that explain the kickbacks? Sounds like a first class criminal.

    • Dope Boy

      Yeah, slick. Sounds like a very cheesy person. And it even appears she’s willing to hang her husband out to dry. One also wonders how much money they have hidden. America is the only country I know of where a person can go to prison and still come out a millionaire.

      Anyway, if her and her lawyer pull this sham off his legal fees will be double for the next clients. He’ll make the cover of ‘who’s who’ in lawyers with unique defenses magazine.

    • Bill Cat

      Don’t have to be able to ‘read’ to sort an envelope full of fifties and hundreds…

  • David Sylvester

    The term is selectman, not selectwoman

    • Anonymous

      “selectperson” ?

      • Bill Cat

        Selector” Select Individual?

      • David Sylvester

        Why should we make up words just to sound politically correct. We have a fine word already — why change it? A car has a manifold. We don’t call it a womanifold when a female drives it.

        • Anonymous

          history ….. herstory

          ???…..?????

          • It’s no wonder they are talking about the end times.

    • Thank you. Before all this liberal hoo-ha started newspapers referred to people as “chairmen,” not “chairpersons” or “chairwomen,” “men working” signs were ok because men really were working. It was suddenly mandated…oh-oh, there’s that “man” thing again, MANdated. And dated, too? Where are all the femmies about that word “mandate”?

  • Anonymous

    What? No party affiliation? “Illiterate” and a tax dodger? I could venture a guess.

  • Anonymous

    Ignorance of ….. is no excuse.

  • Bill Cat

    Gotta admit it’s a new defense, but being a town official, getting kick-backs and unemployment fraud pretty well takes the steam out of it. Couldn’t read or write all that time, eh? Just put a big ‘X’ where told? Get outta here with that! LOL

    • Anonymous

      Don’t reveal too much, Newburgh may want to use it too…

    • Anonymous

      And if a frog had wings it wouldnt bump its arse when it hoped !

  • Anonymous

    If she can beat this, the next step is to sue the schools she attended. It’s obvious she was not included in the “No Child Left Behind” policy.

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