September 18, 2013

Maine jury convicts ex-selectwoman for kickbacks

Ending a six-day trial, a jury rules Carole Swan demanded thousands from a local contractor.

By BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal

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Carole Swan

Betty Adams / Kennebec Journal

At the deputies' direction, Monroe recorded phone calls between himself about the final exchange, which took place Feb. 3, 2011, on a snowy street in Augusta.

There, Monroe leaned out of his sand-truck door to hand over to Swan, who was driving a white pickup, a sting package of $450 buy money arranged to mimic $10,000. Deputies caught the exchange on camera and then followed Swan to a parking lot blocks away.

They confronted her, got the cash back and interviewed her at the sheriff's office, less than a minute away.

Several defense witnesses testified that Swan had shared with them her plan to investigate Monroe. David Libby, of Pittston, said Swan showed him an envelope around New Year's Day 2011 that she said contained $10,000 in money she had gotten from Monroe.

Flavia Kelley, a former Chelsea town clerk, said she asked Swan at a community Thanksgiving dinner in 2010 whether Swan intended to run for office again.

"She said the only way she would run was if she didn't get all the goods on Frankie Monroe to nail him," Kelley said.

Betty Adams can be contacted at 621-5631 or at:

badams@mainetoday.com

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