September 16, 2013

Jury could determine fate of former Chelsea selectwoman Tuesday

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Carole Swan testified Monday she left Marshall Swan in late June after their younger son graduated from high school. However, she said she has not filed for divorce.

While she told deputies Marshall Swan knew nothing about the kickback scheme and that she was "the guilty party," on Monday she said Marshall Swan knew she was investigating Monroe.

At an earlier hearing, Carole Swan testified that except for numbers, she couldn't read or write. On Monday, she repeated earlier statements about having poor reading skills.

"In my eyes, I believe that," she said, adding that she has been on medication for the past 20 years for a shoulder injury she suffered while working as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

She said she was able to read addresses but "barely" passed an examination to work for the post office, and that she frequently took copies of town contracts home so family members could read them to her.

On Monday, however, Carole Swan had no problem reading rapidly through several paragraphs of a transcript.

She is charged with three counts of violating the federal Hobbs Act, which addresses public officials using their office to extort money. Each count carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and $250,000 in fines.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@centralmaine.com

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