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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kennebec Journal: Whitefield contractor Monroe takes the stand in Swan trial

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer
BANGOR — Whitefield contractor Frank Monroe, who helped investigators gather evidence of an alleged kickback scheme involving former Chelsea Select-woman Carole Swan, told a jury today that he was worried Swan would harass him if he did not give her the money she demanded.

Monroe, who testified in U.S. District Court, where Swan faces multiple charges of fraud, said he has an agreement with the federal government that he cannot be prosecuted for anything he says on the witness stand.
But he does not have full immunity.
The jury heard portions of 10 cellphone calls – recorded by officers with the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office – between Swan and Monroe as the two discussed how she would get a town check to him for $22,075 so he could cash it and then give her $10,000 in cash.

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