The town of Gorham last week fired a town hall employee alleging that the employee had stolen town money, according to a termination letter released by the town this week.

In the letter to the employee, Laura Anderson of Arundel, Gorham Town Manager David Cole said the town would be forwarding information from its own investigation into the matter to law enforcement authorities.

“We found some financial irregularities,” Cole claimed Monday, “and information has been turned over to the district attorney.”

Gorham Detective Larry Fearon confirmed he was investigating money missing from town hall. He said the receipts did not match the tallies for one town employee, who he declined to name. While no criminal charges have been filed, he said he expected to bring the findings of his investigation before the grand jury in May or June.

“At this point, no information is available,” Jo Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said Tuesday.

Anderson’s attorney, Michael Vaillancourt, said he hasn’t seen any evidence supporting the town’s accusations, and he “absolutely” denied the allegations against his client.

Cole terminated Anderson’s employment with the town in a letter dated April 27. Anderson had worked for the town as a motor vehicle agent, assistant tax collector and customer service clerk, according to the letter.

The town suspended Anderson, with pay, on March 15, and began an investigation of financial transactions she had processed. Although no charges have been brought, the investigation concluded that Anderson had improperly processed 75 transactions and that she had stolen money from the town, according to the letter.

The town held a hearing in Cole’s office on April 26 to allow Anderson to respond to the conclusions of the investigation. Cole, another town employee and a detective were present at the hearing, according to Vaillancourt.

Anderson appeared at the hearing with Vaillancourt, who spoke on her behalf. Vaillancourt told Cole he felt “there was nothing to explain,” according to the letter.

“To the extent that the town feels that Laura has done anything illegal or improper, we deny those allegations,” Vaillancourt said Monday. “The town of Gorham hasn’t made it clear to us what Laura has done.”

“Appriopriately processing financial transactions and accurately accounting for funds is the most important function of your job. I am disappointed you did not use the opportunity provided in the hearing to provide an explanation of those irregularities,” Cole wrote in the letter.


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