A number of law enforcement agents and federal employees were lauded for their investigatory work that led to convictions of former longtime Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan and her husband, Marshall Swan.

They were among 47 people honored at a recent ceremony at the Portland office of U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

An announcement about the event said, “Law enforcement officers and agents that worked on seven cases will be recognized for performing outstanding and exceptional service to aid victims of crime and to bring serious criminals to justice in victim and nonvictim cases.”

Here is a list of those involved in the Swans’ investigation:

Two deputies with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, now Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon and investigator David Bucknam;

Augusta-based FBI Agent Mark Miller;


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Michael Ryan;

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General Special Agent Gregory Michigan;

U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General Special Agent Jeffrey Sayward;

Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Rodney Giguere.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark, the prosecutor in the Swan case and also a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the individuals were nominated “for their work in investigating the extortion case and their handling of the victim issues associated with it with regard to Frank Monroe and the Town of Chelsea.”

In June 2014, Carole Swan was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison. She was convicted in separate jury trials held a year earlier of three counts of extortion for using her position as a selectwoman to seek kickbacks from Monroe, a Whitefield contractor who had a contract to plow and sand Chelsea’s roads, and of two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and five counts of income tax fraud.


Prior to reporting to prison in August 2014, Carole Swan paid all $232,346.94 in court-ordered fines and restitution.

Carole Swan has an appeal pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit.

Marshall Swan was found guilty in a separate jury trial of filing the same five years of fraudulent tax returns from 2007 to 2011 and failing to report some $650,000 in income. He was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison. He paid all $185,000 in back taxes the couple owed and fines.

Betty Adams — 621-5631


Twitter: @betadams

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