Former Chelsea Selectman Found Guilty
on Federal Extortion Charges
Contact: Donald E. Clark
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that a
federal jury sitting in Bangor found Carole Swan, age 55, of Chelsea, Maine, guilty last night of
three counts of extortion under color of official right.
According to the court records, Carole Swan was a member of the Chelsea Board of
Selectman. Between January 2010 and February 2011, she used her position to extort and
attempt to extort $20,000 from Frank Monroe Construction, a local construction company that
plowed, salted and sanded Chelsea’s roads.
The extortion charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000
fine and restitution. She will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report
by the U.S. Probation Office.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Internal Revenue
Service; Department Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General ("OIG"); U.S. Department
of Labor, OIG, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; U.S. Postal Service, OIG;
and the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office.
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