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Newburgh treasurer who embezzled $200,000 paying $25-per-month restitution

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Cindy Dunton of Newburgh sits in the courtroom with her attorney Dale Thistle during her sentencing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday, July 1, 2011. Dunton received a five-year sentence with all but 20 months suspended for embezzling nearly $200,000 from the town of Newburgh.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

NEWBURGH, Maine — Former Newburgh deputy clerk and treasurer Cindy Dunton, who embezzled nearly $200,000 from the town, is out of prison and gradually paying restitution.

Dunton pleaded guilty to Class B theft in April 2011 and months later was sentenced to five years in prison with all but 20 months suspended.

In addition to the time in prison, Dunton was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay approximately $252,000 in restitution — which is the sum of the money she stole plus attorney and forensic auditor fees.

She was released from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham on Oct. 12, 2012, according to the Maine Department of Corrections.

“I haven’t missed a payment,” Dunton said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “The money is sent to the state and then it’s disbursed to the town of Newburgh.”

Jody Breton, associate commissioner for the Department of Corrections, said Wednesday that since Dunton went to prison, she had paid $310.04 in restitution with all but $50 of the government checks shown as cashed.

When she was sentenced to prison on July 1, 2011, Dunton paid the town $16,000, which Newburgh Administrative Assistant and Treasurer Serena Bemis-Goodall said the town received from Dunton’s attorney, Dale Thistle of Newport, later that month. While out of prison, she must pay $25 per month in restitution.

“She’s made three payments — October, November and December,” since she was released from prison, said Dunton’s probation officer, Donn Stauffer.

Stauffer said Dunton will pay $25 per month in restitution until she can find a source of income. After she gets a job, she will pay more per month to the town.

“She doesn’t have a lot of income. She’s made her monthly payments she’s required to make,” Stauffer said.

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