BAR HARBOR — A downtown business owner was arrested Tuesday on theft charges after allegedly trying to generate more than $50,000 out of thin air.
Police say Jennifer Lozano, 41, of Bar Harbor, allegedly wrote bad checks off an empty bank account and tried to turn the money into cash and debt payments to another lender. Ms. Lozano was arrested Tuesday by Sgt. David Kerns and charged with theft by deception and negotiating a worthless instrument, both Class B felony-level crimes.
Ms. Lozano, with her husband Andre, owns the Parkside Restaurant and the Best of Bar Harbor shop, both at 185 Main Street opposite the village green. The pair also owned the Ridgeway bed and breakfast on High Street, but converted it to a private residence this year.
Ms. Lozano did not return a call from the Islander by press time.
She was taken to the Bar Harbor police station on Tuesday, where she posted a $50,000 surety for her bail and was released.
The Parkside Restaurant and Best of Bar Harbor were the subjects of multiple police complaints last winter by customers from Maine and out-of-state who claimed their credit cards had been double billed by the businesses. Those complaints remain under investigation, Sgt. Kerns said.
A review of the website Trip Advisor showed at least a half dozen customers of the Lozanos’ former Ridgeway bed-and-breakfast complaining of double billing between 2007 and 2009.