Thursday, December 12, 2013
By BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal
BANGOR – Carole and Marshall Swan of Chelsea, who are accused together and separately of defrauding the federal government, will have separate trials.
Staff file photo by Joe Phelan
Staff file photo
A federal judge late Friday granted Marshall Swan's bid to have a separate trial, after Carole Swan raised last-minute claims of spousal abuse.
U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. wrote that "the defendant's right to a fair trial must trump the extra expense" of holding separate trials.
Carole Swan, who spent 19 years as a Chelsea selectwoman, will go on trial alone Monday in Bangor.
An affidavit by a domestic-violence worker indicates that Carole Swan recently separated from her husband.
The Swans were married in October 1984.
They are accused of five counts each of committing tax fraud by failing to declare a total of almost $674,000 over tax years 2006 to 2010.
Carole Swan alone is charged with four counts of making false statements from 2008 to 2011 to obtain Federal Workers' Compensation.
No date has been set for Marshall Swan's trial.
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