AUGUSTA — Three people were indicted recently in Kennebec County Superior Court on separate charges of defrauding public-assistance programs.

Two of them are accused of the theft of more than $10,000 each from the Waterville Housing Authority.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it is an indication that there is sufficient evidence is to proceed with formal charges and a trial in superior court.

Lori Boutot, 29, of Stratford, Conn., is accused of theft by deception, aggravated forgery and unsworn falsification.

The indictment says she stole more than $10,000 in benefits from the Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment program, called ASPIRE, and the food stamps program. Boutot gave the false impression that she was enrolled in Central Maine Community College or Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing & Health Professions, and was employed at, or volunteering at, Revolution Health Group, and not receiving housing assistance.

The charge of aggravated forgery says she intended to deceive the state by endorsing false documents filed with Revolution Health Group, the two colleges, as well as St. Mary’s and her landlord.

The theft by deception and the aggravated forgery allegedly occurred between July 2006 and March 2011 in Kennebec County.

The charge of unsworn falsification says that between Aug. 3, 2009, and Feb. 16, 2011, Boutot filed false reports with the ASPIRE program, the food stamp program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The charge says she omitted the facts that she was not attending school and that she was getting assistance from the Waterville Housing Authority.

In a separate case, Jeremy Gagnon, 36, of Waterville, was indicted on two counts of theft by deception and two counts of unsworn falsification. He is accused of stealing more than $10,000 over four years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, MaineCare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Gagnon claimed his two children lived with him when they did not, the indictment says.

In addition, Gagnon is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the Waterville Housing Authority. Both charges say the thefts occurred between September 2006 and January 2011.

The unsworn falsifications allegedly occurred in September and February 2010 and involve applications for benefits from state programs on which he also indicated his two children lived with him.

Gagnon had been previously indicted on three of the charges in February.

In the third case, Norma J. Bolduc, 44, of Waterville, is charged with one count of theft by deception and two counts of unsworn falsification.

Bolduc is accused of stealing between $1,000 and $10,000 from the food stamp program between December 2008 and July 2010 by giving the false impression that she was unemployed and received only Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security income.

The other two counts charge her with omitting information from food stamps eligibility applications in September 2009 and February 2010 with the intent of defrauding a caseworker.

Boutot, Gagnon and Bolduc all are scheduled for arraignment 8:30 a.m. June 12 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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