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Kennebunkport Man Sentenced for Tax Evasion and Unemployment Fraud

Attorney General William J. Schneider announced today that Brian Bartley, 59, of Kennebunkport, was convicted on all counts in a 20 count indictment that included charges of theft of sales tax, income tax evasion, theft by deception and unemployment fraud. York County Superior Court Justice Arthur Brennan sentenced Bartley, part owner and general manager of the Kennebunkport restaurant Bartley’s Dockside, to 3 years of incarceration with all but 9 months suspended and 3 years of probation. Bartley was ordered to pay back $87,365 in restitution which represents the money stolen, income tax evaded and recent restaurant taxes that he failed to pay since the criminal prosecution began in September 2009.

Bartley pleaded guilty in March of this year following an investigation covering 2003 through 2007. Each year Bartley regularly stole a portion of the sales tax customers paid to the restaurant and used that tax money for personal use.

PeoplesChoice Credit Union Warns of Text Message Scam Uncovered

(Saco) - PeoplesChoice Credit Union, headquartered in Saco, learned on late Thursday July 28th that some of its members, and even non members, were receiving fradulent text messages, via illegally obtained cell phone numbers, telling them that their PeoplesChoice debit card had been de-activated, and to call the provided number to re-activate their card, through providing sensitive, personal security information.  This is an illegal text message scam and should be ignored and reported.  PeoplesChoice and the Maine Credit Union League have already contacted authorities, alerted members, and sent out fraud alert notice through their collective communication systems.

Turnpike Chase from New Gloucester to Biddeford

State Police say a Biddeford man led troopers on a 36 mile chase this afternoon on the Maine Turnpike from New Gloucester to Biddeford.   The chase ended when spike mats deflated the four tires on Peter Hamilton's Toyota and the car was pushed off the road by a State Police cruiser.  The 60 year old Hamilton was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford for a medical evaluation .  He was also treated for a dog bite from a State Police dog when he resisted arrest.  Hamilton will face a number of charges once he is released from the hospital.  The pursuit started  near the New Gloucester toll booth when a trooper attempted to pull Hamilton over for speeding.  

Biddeford Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced for Racially Motivated Assault

AUGUSTA – A Biddeford man pled guilty and was sentenced on charges he violated the Maine Civil Rights Act, Attorney General William J. Schneider announced.

Adam D. Goodwin, age 36, pled guilty in York County Superior Court to assault, interference with constitutional and civil rights, and a criminal violation of a civil rights injunction. Following the plea, Superior Court Justice G. Arthur Brennan sentenced Goodwin to nine months in the York County Jail.

On December 18, 2010 the victim, Carl Donaldson, an African-American, waited for an order at Rapid Ray’s Diner in Saco with his female companion, who was Caucasian. Goodwin entered the diner and made a racially derogatory comment to the couple. Donaldson replied and turned back to his companion when Goodwin closed his fist and punched Donaldson in the head.

“It is unacceptable that acts of violence are committed against complete strangers because of their race or national origin.