Former Norway Community Development Director Deborah P. Wyman got out of prison Thursday, 366 days after pleading guilty to stealing more than $117,000 from the town.
Wayne Sturdivant of the Maine Department of Probation and Patrol confirmed that the 52-year-old Oxford Hills resident had left the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and entered the supervised community confinement program.
The Maine Department of Corrections program promotes the integration of prisoners in the community. Participants are still considered prisoners, but their place of confinement is in the community, rather than in a correctional facility, according to the department policy manual.
Before beginning her sentence at the correctional center, Wyman had been living in Waterford with her ailing father, Ralph, and twin sister, Denise Pettingill, her attorney said. Attempts to reach her there Thursday night were unsuccessful.
Wyman began a two-year prison term Sept. 5, 2006. That leaves her one more year, which will now be served in the community under state supervision, followed by three years of probation.
Eight years of her prison sentence were suspended.
The state program also requires participants to be working or getting an education, to live in an approved residence, be subject to a curfew, travel restrictions directly related to work, education or treatment, and searches and chemical tests. They may not possess or use illegal substances or alcohol, or violate state or federal criminal laws, according to state rules.
The exact terms of Wyman's release were not immediately available.
When sentenced a year ago, she was ordered to pay back the money she stole and sell real estate, her car and boat to repay the town for its losses and about $30,000 in auditing costs.
Wyman was charged with theft in March 2006 after town officials found discrepancies in financial records and auditors eventually followed money trails from federal grants earmarked for community development to Wyman's bank account and stores where she made purchases.
At that time, she had been working 20 hours a week as community development director for 20 years, overseeing more than $5 million in federal Community Development Block Grants. The financial discrepancies were found while she was on an approximate three-month leave of absence, which ended with a monthlong cruise in the Caribbean in early April 2006 and her arrest upon her return to Maine.
She pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to stealing money for 14 years.