PORTLAND — A Saco woman who pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to stealing more than $100,000 from Westbrook while employed by the city had filed for personal bankruptcy in 2014, U.S. Bankruptcy Court records show.

Ann Marie Williams, 52, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Monday to embezzling $118,000 in cash tax receipts from the City of Westbrook when she was employed as a tax collector there.

The thefts took place between July 2015 and April, according to a prepared statement issued by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Murphy.

Further details of the criminal case against Williams were not available by press time – documents were not yet available on the criminal court website, and Murphy on Monday afternoon said the U.S. Attorney’s Office does not typically comment beyond information in news releases.

Information on the federal bankruptcy court website shows Williams filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in January 2014, listing more than $50,000 in credit card debt.

The bankruptcy filing shows that Williams was at least partially employed by the city of Westbrook in 2012, with an income from the city listed at $35,000. In 2013, her income from the city was listed at $74,000 in the bankruptcy court documents.

Her employment with Westbrook ended in mid- April.

The criminal case was investigated by the FBI after the agency was apparently alerted to suspicious activity with the woman’s bank accounts.

In addition to a prison sentence, Williams faces three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

A sentencing date has not been set; the U.S. Probation Office will first conduce a pre-sentence investigation, according to a prepared statement by Murphy.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282- 1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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