Peaks Island woman accused of stealing from ex-boss after affair due in court

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — When a Peaks Island handyman ended an affair with his bookkeeper, she threatened to take revenge, according to documents filed in federal court.

The actions Sharon Conley, 55, of Peaks Island allegedly took led to her making her first appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court on charges that include identity theft and fraud.

Conley allegedly stole nearly $90,000 in cash between 2008 and 2010 from her boss’s checking account, wrote about $30,000 worth of checks from the account for her personal use, used a business credit card for more than $24,000 in purchases, and stole the identity of his wife to obtain a credit card used to buy more than $16,000 in goods and services.

Conley is charged with wire fraud, Social Security fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Conley did not enter a plea Thursday.

She was released on $5,000 unsecured bond, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III set a preliminary hearing in the case for Feb. 7.

Conley worked for the victim, who is described in court documents as a Peaks Island handyman. He hired Conley, described as a family friend and neighbor, in January 2008 to be the bookkeeper for his business, according to court documents.

Her boss, who is not being named by the Bangor Daily News because he may be a victim, discovered in October 2010 a pattern of cash withdrawals, checks written on the business account and credit and debit card purchases that he did not authorize, according to court documents. He contacted authorities.

If convicted, Conley faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the fraud charges alone.

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