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Former Newburgh employee faces criminal charge for taking town money

NEWBURGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A grand jury in Penobscot County indicted a former Newburgh town employee Wednesday on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the town over the course of several years.

Former Newburgh Deputy Treasurer Cindy Dunton admitted to investigators last April that she took roughly $150,000 from town coffers between 2007 and 2009 by changing weekly warrants after the town's select board had signed them. A forensic audit would later reveal that closer to $200,000 went missing.

Dunton is now facing a criminal charge of theft by unauthorized taking, which is a class B felony. If convicted she could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy said Wednesday that at this time he's not sure what he will recommend for a possible sentence. He added that the townspeople of Newburgh will have the most significant impact on the outcome.

"It's really important that the town of Newburgh and their citizens come to the sentencing hearing when it's appropriate and explain to the judge how it has hurt their town," he said.

Both Cindy Dunton and her husband have already entered into an agreement with the town of Newburgh to pay back $250,000 to the town, which will cover the amount of money that went missing plus the cost of the forensic audit.

Dunton did not return our requests for comment on Wednesday.