Ex-Maine selectwoman gets 7 years for extortion
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A longtime selectwoman in Chelsea has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for extortion and fraud.
Carole Swan, who spent 19 years in the position, apologized Friday at her sentencing.
“I am desperately sorry for all my mistakes, desperately sorry for hurting the town I loved,” Swan told the judge in U.S. District Court in Bangor. “I never ever thought I would hurt my family, my community.”
She was convicted in September of three counts of extortion for using her position to seek kickbacks from a contractor who plowed the town’s roads. Last July, she was convicted of two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and five counts of income tax fraud.
She is required to begin her sentence in a Texas federal prison within 60 days, the Kennebec Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1scMFoB).
Prosecutors had requested a sentence of 10 years. U.S. Attorney Donald Clark said Swan was a pathological liar.
Her younger son and several friends asked the judge to be lenient in sentencing.
Defense attorney Leonard Sharon said Swan grew up in a dysfunctional family and had several medical issues.
Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/