Chelsea selectwoman found guilty of extortion

6:30 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A former Chelsea selectwoman has been found guilty of federal extortion charges for taking kickbacks from a town contractor.

Carole Swan, 55, was convicted at about 10 p.m. Tuesday by a jury in federal court in Bangor on three counts of extortion. The verdict was delivered after a six-day trial and more than five hours of deliberations.

Swan remains free on post-conviction bail pending sentencing.

Prosecutors say Swan took $20,000 in kickbacks from the contractor who had the town's plowing and road sanding contracts.

Swan and her lawyer countered that she was investigating the contractor for allegedly defrauding the town and intended to alert authorities. The contractor went to police when she demanded $10,000 from him.

Swan was convicted last month of tax and worker's compensation fraud charges.





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