July 22, 2013

Defense set to begin in Swan fraud trial

The prosecution finished presenting its evidence with the testimony of Rodney Giguere, a special agent with the IRS.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BANGOR — The defense portion of Carole Swan’s fraud trial in federal court will begin this morning, the 11th day of the trial.

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Carole Swann

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The prosecution finished presenting its evidence with the testimony of Rodney Giguere, a special agent with the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service.

He testified that almost $700,000 in business income for Marshall Swan Construction, the company that Carole Swan owned with her husband Marshall Swan, was deposited into a non-business account in the name of Carole Swan and her older son Jacob, between 2006 and 2010.

Swan, who spent 19 years as a Chelsea selectwoman, is accused of falsifying federal income tax returns for five years, as well as falsifying claims for federal workers’ compensation and defrauding a federal program that funded the town’s Windsor Road culvert replacement project in 2007.

“Any time you have indications business checks are being diverted from an established business account, it can be an attempt to possibly conceal them,” Giguere said.

After Giguere had testified for an hour, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark told the judge the prosecution was done presenting its evidence. More than 100 witnesses were called by the prosecution, including a number of former town officials.

Swan’s defense attorney Leonard Sharon asked for a brief recess to check on witnesses he had called.

This story will be updated.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631


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