Former Bucksport Town Clerk Gets Three Years for Theft



ELLSWORTH — A former Bucksport town clerk was sentenced to three years in prison Friday morning for stealing over $35,000 from the town of Bucksport.

 

Justice Kevin M. Cuddy sentenced Darlene Crawford, 52, after hearing Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond present a victim statement.

“It was extremely difficult not only for our staff but for myself and our entire community,” Raymond said.

Crawford had engaged in 101 counts of theft over a period of several years, according to District Attorney Michael Povich. The thefts were “embedded” in town business transactions so the investigation was lengthy, the prosecutor said.

Cuddy sentenced Crawford to six years in prison, suspending all but three years, and ordered her to serve three years probation. Restitution totaling $54,179.56 was also ordered. That figure includes $18,000 the town of Bucksport spent on an audit to uncover the thefts.

Bangor attorney Peter Baldacci represented Crawford. Baldacci asked that Crawford’s sentence be stayed until July 1 because her husband had broken his collar bone and she needed to get their residence in order.

Cuddy denied the request stating that the defendant had time to get her affairs in order before the sentencing.

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