June 21, 2018
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Mechanic Falls woman pleads guilty to stealing from group homes and resident

By Chris Williams, Sun Journal

AUBURN, Maine — A Mechanic Falls woman who had served as Budget Subcommittee chairwoman on the RSU 16 School Committee admitted to two felony theft charges Tuesday morning stemming from her job at John F. Murphy group homes where she stole money from a client as well as the nonprofit group that serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, a prosecutor said.

Terri Arsenault, 41, diverted money to herself from the organization by misusing a commercial credit card, an assistant attorney general said in Androscoggin County Superior Court. Arsenault also took money from a trust account of a resident at one of the homes.

She served as an administrator at three of the homes. The thefts date back to 2007 and 2008.

She agreed to a 4-year plea, with all of the jail time suspended except for a cap of nine months. That means she can argue for serving fewer days in jail than the nine months at the time of sentencing, but won’t have to serve more than that number of months behind bars. She also agreed to spend two years on probation following her time in jail.

She also agreed to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.


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