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Former Chelsea Selectwoman Convicted of Extortion
09/18/2013 11:22 AM ET  

Carole Swan was convicted by a Bangor jury after a six-day trial.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ A former Chelsea selectwoman has been found guilty of federal extortion charges for taking kickbacks from a town contractor.

Carole Swan was convicted by a jury in federal court in Bangor on three counts of extortion. The verdict followed a six-day trial and and more than five hours of deliberations.

The 55-year-old Swan remains free on post-conviction bail pending sentencing. Prosecutors say she took $20,000 in kickbacks from the contractor who had the town's plowing and road sanding contracts.

Swan and her lawyer countered that she was investigating the contractor for allegedly defrauding the town and intended to alert authorities. The contractor went to police when she demanded $10,000 from him.

Swan was convicted last month of tax and worker's compensation fraud charges.



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