Peru woman indicted


PARIS – A former caregiver for an elderly Mexico woman was indicted Thursday on a charge of embezzling almost $10,000 from the woman over five months last year.

The Oxford County grand jury indicted Judith Ann Beale, 36, of Route 108 in Peru, charging her with theft by unauthorized taking, a Class C felony.

A summons was issued for her to appear in Oxford County Superior Court.

According to the indictment, the money was allegedly taken from May 10 through Oct. 31, 2005.

The case was investigated by State Police Detective Mark Lopez, rather than Mexico police, due to potential conflicts, Lopez said late Friday afternoon.

Beale is the wife of Charles Beale, a reserve officer who has been on an extended medical leave of absence from police departments in Dixfield, Mexico and Rumford.

“My investigation revealed that her husband had no knowledge of the theft. She was the one responsible,” said Lopez, who interviewed Judith Beale on Jan. 17.

Another conflict was realized when Mexico Chief Jim Theriault said he learned he had relatives working for Judith Beale while she was caring for the women from whom the money was allegedly stolen.

The theft came to light Dec. 16 when it was reported to Theriault by the victim’s daughter, Theriault said Jan. 30. He said caregiver had access to Tate’s checking account.

Theriault said the caregiver had authority to write checks to herself for a set wage that was then to be divided with the three to four girls who worked with her.

However, Lopez said, bank employees began noticing irregularities in the account and reported them to the daughter, who contacted Theriault.

An arraignment date in Oxford County Superior Court has yet to be set.