PORTLAND

Brunswick man convicted of bank fraud, mail fraud

A Brunswick man has been convicted of two counts of bank fraud and one count of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Charles D. Stergios, 26, was convicted following a jury trial in U.S. District Court.

Stergios faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on each of the bank fraud counts and 30 years on the mail fraud count.

In one scheme, Delahanty said Stergios defrauded Maine Bank & Trust by forging checks on one of its accounts and presenting them to banks in New York City.

Delahanty praised the investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Service.

AUGUSTA

DEP will receive $571,638 to upgrade boat engines

Maine has received another $571,638 to rebuild the engines on about 17 marine vessels to make them more energy efficient.

The money, awarded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, is in addition to $1.25 million the state already received for engine replacements under the economic stimulus act.

Lynne Cayting, in charge of the program at DEP, said the application period is already closed. About 330 people applied for the rebuilds under the first round, with awards made for upgrading about 50 boats.

Cayting said four New Hampshire vessels will receive money in the newest round of funding.

Pingree to hold meeting over phone at 7 tonight

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, will hold a telephone town hall meeting tonight.

Constituents will be able to call Pingree with questions and concerns.

“This event is a great opportunity for people to ask questions on the issues and tell me what’s on their mind,” Pingree said.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Constituents can call (888) 356-3090, extension 15158, or go to www.pingree.house.gov.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Baldacci backs state effort for federal bridge funding

Maine Gov. John Baldacci says he’s supporting New Hampshire’s efforts to secure federal stimulus funding to replace the Memorial Bridge connecting both states.

A Baldacci spokesman told Foster’s Daily Democrat that Maine will await the results of a study, to be released in August, before deciding whether to commit state funds to the project.

Gov. John Lynch said Wednesday he is pleased to have Baldacci’s support. He said the 10-year transportation plan he recently signed into law includes state funding to start the project.