June 21, 2018
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South Portland man accused of stealing $5,000 from sober house

Kenneth Berard
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A South Portland man staying at a Brunswick sober house allegedly embezzled $5,000.

Kenneth Berard, 31, who was treasurer of Oxford Housing’s sober house at 65 Union St., managed a TD Bank account in which rent and money for bills was deposited, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department.

On May 20, after bills had gone unpaid, officials at the facility, owned by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, called police, who identified Berard as the chief suspect because “he was the only one in charge of the account,” Hagan said

Police have not recovered the funds.

On June 1, Berard was summoned on a Class C felony theft charge. He is scheduled to appear in Portland Superior Court on Aug. 20.

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