AUGUSTA — Fired as a police officer by the town of Clinton in 2013, Scott A. Francis has been indicted on charges of theft of worker’s compensation benefits he received through his work there.

Francis, 40, of Winslow, also faces charges of perjury and theft for allegedly failing to report income from elver fishing and evading income taxes.

The indictment was among those handed up Friday by a grand jury in Kennebec County. An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

Francis faces four charges of theft by deception, one of which alleges he received more than $10,000 between March and October 2013 from Clinton and/or the Maine Municipal Association by indicating he received a work-related injury on March 14, 2013, that prevented him from working since that date.

He was fired as a Clinton police officer on March 29, 2013, after he was charged with domestic violence assault and assault involving an incident at his home, but those charges were later dismissed because of insufficient evidence. Walter McKee, the attorney who represented Francis in that case, said Monday that he no longer represents Francis. John Rogers, director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, said via email Monday that Francis no longer works in law enforcement.

According to Friday’s indictment, Francis perjured himself at an official hearing before the Workers’ Compensation Board on Dec. 1, 2014, by indicating that he did not work at all after leaving the town and did not harvest or fish elvers in 2013 and 2014.

Portions of a transcript from that hearing, included with the indictment, have Francis saying he had an elver fishing license and received less than $2,000 in income from elver fishing each year after his injury date. He is accused of underreporting his income on his 2012 and 2013 tax returns and of intentionally evading taxes those years.

A separate legal action is pending against Francis in federal court. There, he, the Clinton Police Department and the town of Clinton are being sued by a couple over an arrest Francis made in March 13, 2013, over a noise complaint.

Through attorney John J. Wall III, Francis admitted he arrested Randy Henry, of Clinton, on a charge of disorderly conduct that night, but denies the other allegations. It is unclear from the court documents whether Francis’ injury on March 14, 2013, was related.

Francis was fired as a Washington County deputy sheriff in 2010 over what the sheriff called “conduct unbecoming a sheriff’s deputy.”

In a separate indictment, Bobbi Jo Gilman, 41, who is listed as living at the same address as Francis, was indicted on three counts of theft by deception, two counts of tax evasion and one count each of theft by unauthorized taking and perjury.

The charges span Dec. 8, 2012, through Feb. 4, 2014, and accuse Gilman of illegally receiving more than $10,000 in unemployment benefits, of taking between $1,000 and $10,000 from another woman for whom she provided in-home care, and of getting income tax refunds by misrepresenting her income.

The indictment also says Gilman perjured herself at an April 10, 2013, Department of Health and Human Services administrative hearing regarding support enforcement.

Pages from a transcript of that hearing that were included with the indictment indicated Gilman testified she previously worked three jobs to support her children, declaring $30,000 in income in 2011, but then dropping back to $18,000 a year in 2012. Records at the Capital Judicial Center did not indicate that Gilman had an attorney yet.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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