ANSON — In an effort to get back some of the half-million dollars stolen by the former town clerk, Anson officials are auctioning off six of her properties.
But there is a catch.
Six properties owned by Claudia Viles and her husband in Anson and Embden are scheduled to be auctioned off Aug. 4, but the town can only sell her share of the properties, or around 50 percent.
“We would just advise everybody, like in the notice, to do their own research,” said Town Administrative Assistant Tammy Murray.
Murray added there are other liens on some of the properties from the Internal Revenue Service and the Maine Revenue Service.
Viles was convicted in 2016 of embezzling excise tax payments between 2010 and 2015, amounting to just over $500,000. She was sentenced in July 2017 to five years in prison.