DOVER-FOXCROFT — A former Milo town employee pleaded no contest in Piscataquis County Superior Court on Tuesday to tampering with public records.
Roberta Mossor, who was employed by the town as an office assistant from Dec. 9, 1992, to April 23, 1996, was sentenced to 30 days in the Piscataquis County Jail. The sentence was suspended. She also was placed on one year of probation and was ordered to pay $800 in restitution and to perform 150 hours of community service. The court dismissed a count of theft.
R. Christopher Almy, district attorney for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, said he was satisfied with the outcome of the case.
“I’m pleased that all the work that the town of Milo did and that the state police did in this case came to fruition and the fact that she was found guilty of a serious offense,” Almy said Tuesday. “I think the penalty that she’s going to pay is appropriate for what she did.”
He said he appreciated the cooperation the town of Milo gave his office during the investigation.
Mossor was fired from her job as an assistant in the town office on April 23, 1996.
In September 1996, Mossor’s home was searched by two Maine State Police detectives and an investigator from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as part of an investigation into money missing from town coffers, according to the state police.
The search warrant, issued from Bangor District Court, was impounded at the time, prohibiting the release of information about what police were searching for and what, if anything, they found. At the time of the incident Stephen McCausland, public relations officer for the Maine State Police, said the search was part of an investigation into financial irregularities in the town office.
Almy said Tuesday that during the search, police found a certificate of title that a Milo resident had filed in order to get a new title for her vehicle. The resident had registered her vehicle, but when she planned to sell it, she couldn’t find the application title and applied at the town office for a new one. Almy said the evidence showed that Mossor had destroyed the registration.
Shortly after her termination from the job, Mossor filed a four-count lawsuit in Piscataquis County Superior Court against Town Manager Jane Jones and the town, claiming she was illegally terminated from her position. That lawsuit is pending.