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Ex-court employee charged with attempted theft, tampering with records

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A former employee of the Maine court system has been charged with attempting to steal funds and trying to cover up the attempted theft while working as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production in Bangor.

Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 15 at the Penobscot Judicial Center on one count of attempted theft by deception and two counts of tampering with public records. The conduct that led to the charges occurred on Oct. 10 and 17, 2012, according to the complaint dated July 18.

Because the charges are misdemeanors, she has not been arrested but was summoned to appear next month on the Class D charges, according to the clerk’s office at the judicial center.

Beckwith could not be located Monday for comment. As of Monday afternoon, no attorney had notified the court that Beckwith had representation.

As of Nov. 21, she no longer worked for the court system, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the courts. Lynch declined Monday to comment on the charges or how the alleged attempted theft was discovered.

The Office of Transcript Production, where Beckwith worked, is located on the third floor of the Penobscot Judicial Center. Employees prepare transcripts of court proceedings that are requested and paid for by attorneys or others who request them.

While working as a supervisor on Oct. 10, Beckwith “did intentionally create or reinforce the impression that an individual named Alex Winchester had paid a deposit on a transcript” and was entitled to a $2,750 refund, the affidavit said.

On that same date and again a week later, Beckwith allegedly made false entries on a standard reimbursement form to the State of Maine Administrative Office of the courts indicating that Winchester had paid a deposit for the transcript on Aug. 3 and was owed a refund.

It could not be determined from court documents if Winchester was a fictitious or real name.

If convicted, Beckwith faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

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