April 08, 2020

Man pleads guilty to stealing funds

CARIBOU — A former hospital accountant and former bail commissioner pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing almost $30,000 from The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Country Club.

Jeffrey Everett, 36, of Presque Isle is charged with two Class B thefts by unauthorized taking, and entered his plea in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou.

Justice Paul T. Pierson continued the case for sentencing.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Everett is charged with taking $15,391 from the country club and $13,723 from the medical center. Both thefts occurred from May 1995 to May 1997.

None of the admitted offenses involves money handled while Everett was a bail commissioner in Aroostook County, according to District Attorney Neale T. Adams.

A TAMC spokesman said Wednesday that Everett is no longer employed by the hospital.

Everett was treasurer of the country club when discrepancies were found in the financial books, said Carrie Linthicum, assistant district attorney, during the court hearing. An investigation determined that Everett was writing country club checks out to himself.

At the same time, investigators looked into whether any funds were missing at TAMC, where Everett worked as an accountant, according to Linthicum.

At the hospital, it was determined that Everett was writing checks out to himself and the country club, in an attempt to repay the club, Linthicum said.

The prosecutor recommended that Everett be sentenced to three years in jail, with all but 90 days suspended. Linthicum also proposed that Everett serve three years probation, during which he should repay both the country club and the medical center.

Everett was represented by attorney Bernard O’Mara of Easton.

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