BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast woman accused by police of embezzling more than $83,000 from her family’s furniture store was among the 34 people indicted this week by the Waldo County grand jury.
Lauri J. Dawson, 56, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking. She was arrested in January after a 10-month police investigation into the theft from Macleod Furniture in Belfast, where she worked as a bookkeeper. In an affidavit filed in Belfast District Court, police said that the alleged theft came to light after her brother, an owner of the company, learned they were having problems paying state and federal taxes.
A forensic audit on Macleod Furniture showed that Dawson had written additional payroll checks to herself from 2009 through 2012, according to the affidavit. In 2009, she paid herself 79 weekly payroll checks, 63 in 2010, 66 in 2011, and eight in the first five weeks of 2012, according to the affidavit.
While investigating the alleged theft, police learned that Dawson and her husband, William Dawson, both were in serious financial trouble, with multiple liens placed on their properties by the Internal Revenue Service.
Last fall, the Waldo County Probate Court acted to remove two elderly women from the control of William Dawson, an attorney who obtained a license to practice law in Maine in 1989. Both women had granted Dawson power of attorney, and court documents showed that he paid himself more than $300,000 from their bank accounts, even though both suffered from memory loss or dementia.
The Waldo County grand jury this week also indicted Travis E. Tatro, 30, of Camden, charging the former Islesboro Central School basketball coach with 16 counts of gross sexual assault, eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of possession of sexually explicit materials.
Tatro had been arrested in November after being accused of abusing two teenage girls, but an additional victim was named in the indictment. The abuse began in March 2011, according to the indictment, and lasted into August 2013 until the school dismissed him.
Also indicted were:
Dustin Herbest, 30, Winterport, violation of sex offender registration.
Alton L. Gilmore, 68, Winterport, violation of sex offender registration.
Bruce C.R. Labombarde, 22, Lincolnville, theft by unauthorized taking of $3,825 from the town of Lincolnville.
Michael Todd Cunningham, 46, Belmont, violation of condition of release.
Jessica M. Linscott, 21, Lincolnville, unlawful possession of oxycodone, violation of condition of release.
Joe Nathan Furman, 28, New York City, two counts unlawful trafficking of oxycodone, criminal forfeiture of $1,915 that was intended for exchange for controlled drugs.
Teresa Marie Barnes, 26, Belfast, unlawful trafficking of oxycodone.
Brittany J. Heath, 21, Swanville, two counts unlawful possession of oxycodone and Flexeril.
Christopher F. Beeton, 25, Etna, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.
Tiffany A. Cobb, 30, Brooks, theft by unauthorized taking of a beef tenderloin, a candle and a sheet of tattoo stickers from Belfast Hannaford.
Keith Seekins, 48, Searsport, unlawful possession of hydrocodone, criminal operating under the influence.
Douglas Noble, Jr., 24, transient, aggravated assault, assault, terrorizing.
Rachel M. Poore, 39, Belfast, aggravated unlawful furnishing of marijuana.
Ethan S. Sargent, 21, Unity, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.
Devin T. Trull, 21, Unity, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.
Benjamin K. Ard, 28, Unity, theft by unauthorized taking, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
David A. Bardsley III, 28, Newport, unlawful trafficking of hydrocodone.
Christopher H. Sudsbury, 42, Belfast, aggravated trafficking in Suboxone.
Timothy L. Brown, 58, Unity, two counts unlawful trafficking of oxycodone.
Daniel G. Danforth II, 35, Swanville, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence.
Robert Dunn, 43, Bangor, negotiating a worthless instrument.
Tanya L. Williams, 49, Brooks, domestic violence assault.
Jason A. Littlefield, 30, Searsport, receiving stolen property of hand-made wreaths, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of conditions of release.
David Michael Hodgdon, 42, Waldo, theft by unauthorized taking of goods worth more than $1,000 from Olympia Sport in Belfast.
Derek J. Keller, 23, Freedom, theft by unauthorized taking of money and goods totaling $25,905 from Pike Industries.
Jason A. Dimmitt, 37, Liberty, theft by unauthorized taking.
Gerard R. Latno, 48, Liberty, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, driving to endanger.
Jon Michael Wade, 34, Whitefield, criminal operating under the influence, operating after suspension, driving to endanger, improper plates, falsifying physical evidence, aggravated criminal mischief, violation of condition of release.
Joseph McCusker, 57, Center Conway, N.H., four counts violation of condition of release.
Owen M. Bucklin, 52, Belfast, disorderly conduct.
Corey E. Breen, 25, Belfast, violation of condition of release.
Jonathan Davis, 31, Buxton, aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, criminal operating under the influence.