Sunday, May 19, 2013
By Steve Mistler firstname.lastname@example.org
ALFRED — A former state lawmaker from Alfred is going to jail for six months after pleading guilty to misdemeanor forgery and theft charges in connection with his 2010 election campaign.
Former state Rep. David R. Burns
Republican David Burns represented House District 138 for little more than a year before resigning his seat Jan. 31. He pleaded guilty today in York County Superior Court to three counts of theft and three counts of forgery. He also was ordered to pay $2,384 in restitution.
The Journal Tribune reported that Burns will report to the York County Jail on Monday.
The criminal charges in February came after the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found Burns violated eight campaign finance laws and diverted more than $2,500 from the taxpayer-financed Clean Election fund for personal purposes.
Last year Burns was the subject of a random audit by Ethics Commission which found that the lawmaker had routed public financing money to his private bank account, used the funds for personal expenses and provided investigators with false documents.
The commission voted unanimously to send the case to the Attorney General's Office, which then filed an eight-count indictment in February.