2016-08-06 / Front Page

Ogunquit town manager charged with theft

FROM STAFF REPORTS

OGUNQUIT — The town manager of Ogunquit faces misdemeanor theft charges for allegedly charging people to park in a lot owned by the town of Ogunquit on Independence Day when it was supposed to be free, then pocketing the money.

Thomas A. Fortier, 51, of 9 Bowdoin Drive in Falmouth, was arrested Thursday by Wells police on behalf of the Ogunquit Police Department, which had asked the Wells Police Department to investigate the case, according to a press release issued Friday.

On July 4, Fortier directed employees to charge for parking in an undisclosed city-owned lot after 4 p.m., a time when parking is supposed to be free, according to Wells police. The money, which was then taken by Fortier, has gone unaccounted for and was not turned over to the Town of Ogunquit, police allege.

Fortier has been charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and official oppression, both of which are Class E misdemeanors. He is scheduled to be arraigned at York District Court on Oct. 27.

Fortier was hired as town manager of Ogunquit in February 2009. Prior to that, he served as town manager of Richmond from 2007- 09, and as a neighborhood administrator in Portland from 1989 to 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Police are asking anyone who was charged to park in an Ogunquit parking lot after 4 p.m. on July 4 to contact Sgt. Chad Arrowsmith at 646-9354 or carrowsmith@wellstown.org.

The investigation is ongoing.

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