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  • Published
    December 6, 2012

    Defense will use illiteracy at Chelsea selectwoman’s trial

    PORTLAND -- A longtime selectwoman's apparent secret -- that she can't read or write -- will become part of her defense and out in the open when fighting tax fraud and disability claims charges, her attorney said Thursday.

  • Published
    December 5, 2012

    Indicted Chelsea selectwoman claims illiteracy in pretrial hearing

    BANGOR -- Carole Swan, who spent 19 years as a Chelsea selectwoman signing warrants and conducting other town business, testified in federal court here Wednesday that she is illiterate.

  • Published
    March 21, 2012

    State moves to bolster federal case against Swan

    The state has dismissed charges of forgery, theft and accepting kickbacks against former Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan so that she will face more far-reaching and serious federal charges.

  • Published
    March 16, 2012

    Both Swans plead not guilty

    BANGOR -- Former Chelsea selectman Carole J. Swan and her husband, contractor Marshall Swan, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to a series of federal offenses.

  • Published
    March 2, 2012

    Swan, husband, indicted in federal court

    Former Chelsea selectwoman Carole J. Swan faces federal extortion charges, and she and her husband are both accused of working together to defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency of money and failing to report more than $600,000 in income to the Internal Revenue Service. Swan, 53, of Chelsea, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand […]

  • Published
    March 2, 2012

    Many Chelsea residents want to see justice served

    CHELSEA -- Susan Sargent was overcome with emotion at the news Thursday that former selectwoman Carole Swan had been indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud charges.

  • Published
    March 1, 2012

    Former Chelsea selectwoman, husband indicted on federal fraud charges

    Former Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan, and her husband, Marshall, were indicted today on federal fraud charges.

  • Published
    January 5, 2012

    Swan’s attorney talking to feds about possible settlement

    AUGUSTA -- The attorney for a former Chelsea selectwoman accused of misusing town money said he is working with federal prosecutors to try to negotiate a settlement.

  • Published
    January 4, 2012

    Attorney: ex-Chelsea selectwoman considers settlement with feds

    AUGUSTA – The attorney for a former Chelsea selectwoman accused of misusing town funds said in court this morning that he is working with federal prosecutors to try to negotiate a settlement.

  • Published
    November 30, 2011

    Attorney seeks records to aid Swan’s defense

    AUGUSTA -- An attorney for Carole J. Swan, a former Chelsea selectman facing trial on a four-count indictment charging her with offenses related to that post, is asking a judge to force a road contractor and two banks to produce paperwork he says is critical to her defense.

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