December 27, 2013

Ex-Troy town clerk gets 90 days in embezzling case

The state, when deciding the sentence, said she cooperated with police and made full restitution.

By KAITLIN SCHROEDER Morning Sentinel

BELFAST — A former Troy town clerk was ordered Thursday to serve 90 days of a three-year sentence for embezzling $18,154.

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Kathleen Mattingly

Kathleen Mattingly, 57, pleaded guilty in Waldo County Superior Court to theft by unauthorized taking earlier this month and paid back all of the money owed to the town.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said when deciding the sentence, the state considered similar embezzlement cases and Mattingly’s cooperation with the investigation.

“She cooperated with police, confessed to them rather quickly and in a few months she paid off all the restitution, which is very rare,” he said.

Walker said a maximum sentence for the class B crime was 10 years in prison, which he said is “clearly not appropriate in this case.”

Mattingly is scheduled to report to the Waldo County Jail on Jan. 9. She was granted time prior to the start of her sentence so jail officials could accommodate her medical needs, which include access to an oxygen tank.

After her sentence, she will serve a year of probation, he said. The sentencing terms were agreed upon by Mattingly’s attorney, Nathan Bell, who did not return requests for comment Thursday.

Mattingly was arrested in June after she confessed to a detective that she had been writing checks to herself from the town and keeping some of the money when residents paid the town in cash.

The thefts first were reported to the sheriff’s office in May after selectmen found discrepancies in the records during an internal audit and discovered the missing money. The town has about 1,000 residents.

Sharon Moody, Troy’s treasurer and secretary, said earlier this month that if the money wasn’t returned, it would have had a sizable impact on the small town’s $526,000 budget. She said the town was pleased Mattingly pleaded guilty but also thought she deserved some form of punishment.

Fifty-seven cases of embezzlement were reported in Maine in 2012, one more than in 2011, according to the Maine Unified Crime Report.

Kaitlin Schroeder can be contacted at 861-9252 or at:

kschroeder@centralmaine.com

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