Town to hear money update

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. William Gagne plans to be at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting to give the board a brief update on his investigation into $102,000 missing from the sewer department.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.

Gagne, the lead investigator in the case, has been working on the missing money since December when the case was turned over to him.

Selectmen said then that former sewer clerk Faith Nichols, 35, of Livermore Falls, admitted taking the money after auditors noted some discrepancies in the sewer accounts.

She resigned her position in November and had paid back $20,000 of the money as of December.

She also apologized for her actions through her attorney Alan Stone.

He said she planned to do everything she could to repay the town.

It was estimated in the beginning that the investigation into the matter could take six months before it would go before a grand jury to determine if charges would be filed against Nichols.

Gagne said Thursday that he could only give a brief update on the case to selectmen Monday.

He said he’d try to answer questions but most likely won’t be able to answer many because it is an active investigation.

If selectmen opt to go into executive session, he might answer some of their questions, he added.

He was polishing off his report Thursday in hopes of delivering it to District Attorney Norm Croteau on Monday, Gagne said.

After Croteau reviews the case, Gagne said, he’ll decide whether to put it before a grand jury for charges.

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