A Sanford city councilor who ran unsuccessfully for the Maine House of Representatives last fall faces seven criminal complaints involving alleged election fraud.

Victor E. DiGregorio, 72, a first-term councilor, is charged with six counts of making unsworn falsification to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and one count of attempted theft by deception, according to a complaint filed in York County Superior Court. The charges are all Class D misdemeanors.

Reached at his home late Saturday afternoon, DiGregorio said he couldn’t say much about the charges but denied that he did anything intentionally wrong.

“I never defrauded anyone or misrepresented myself,” he said. “I’m hopeful this gets cleared up.”

The complaint, filed by the Maine Attorney General’s Office on Feb. 8, alleges that DiGregorio falsely signed election forms in the process of trying to obtain Maine Clean Election Act funds. Eleven people listed as contributors to his campaign were contacted by investigators from the state ethics commission and 10 of them said they never made a contribution, according to the complaint.

The fraud charges are related to DiGregorio’s unsuccessful bid for Maine House District 19 last year. DiGregorio ran as an independent candidate in that special election, which was prompted by the death of former Rep. Bill Noon.


Noon’s widow, Jean Noon, a Democrat, ran for her husband’s seat, as did Republican Matthew Harrington, who had lost to Bill Noon in the 2014 House race.

Harrington narrowly defeated Jean Noon to win the seat. DiGregorio finished a distant third.

DiGregorio is in his first term as a city councilor in Sanford, but has served on the town’s budget committee for several years. If convicted of any of the charges, he could face jail time or fines. In addition, he could face disciplinary action in Sanford or even lose his council seat.

He said he is scheduled to appear in court in late April but expects the case to be settled before then.

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