Former Rockland finance worker has first court hearing on theft charge

By Stephen Betts | Jan 14, 2019
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Rockland — A former longtime Rockland City Hall worker made her initial court appearance Monday, Jan. 14, on a charge that she stole more than $5,000 from the city.

Laurie Smith appeared for the hearing in Knox County court before Judge Paul Mathews.

Mathews set personal recognizance bail with no conditions. Smith is scheduled to make her next court appearance Feb. 28.

No plea was entered at the hearing on the felony theft charge.

Felony pleas -- whether or not the accused pleads guilty -- are not accepted until after  the case has either been heard by a grand jury or the defendant has waived grand jury proceedings.

Smith has not been indicted. The next grand jury meets next week.

She is represented by attorney Eric "Rick" Morse.

Smith, 55, of Rockland, was issued a summons Nov. 2 by police for Class C theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

According to police, Smith had been using a city credit card to make personal purchases. The purchases had been occurring since 2016 and totaled $5,159, according to police.

Smith had paid back about $2,000, but still owed the city $3,106 when the theft was uncovered by other city staff.

Smith no longer works for the city. She had been employed there since 1993 in the finance department.

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