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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vermont Man Sentenced to Over Two Years for Wire Fraud

Contact: Gail Fisk Malone
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Craig
Sanborn, age 64, of Maidstone, Vermont, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge
John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 28 months in prison for wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay
$300,000 in restitution, a $7,500 fine and to serve three years of supervised release. The sentence
is to be served consecutively to two 10-year sentences Sanborn is currently serving in New
Hampshire state prison for manslaughter associated with a fatal explosion at a Colebrook
ammunition-making facility in May 2010. Sanborn was convicted after a week-long jury trial on
April 25, 2014.

Court documents and trial testimony reveal that in 2005, Sanborn received a $300,000
federally-funded Community Development Block Grant to renovate the former rail terminal in
Brownville, Maine, into a facility to manufacture ammunition for black powder rifles. The grant
entitled him to reimbursement for machinery purchases and certain other expenses, provided he
had invested $300,000 of his own funds towards the project. The evidence showed that he
submitted false invoices to the Town of Brownville and received grant reimbursement to which
he was not entitled.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of
Inspector General, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Brownville
Police Department.

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Updated January 26, 2015