BANGOR – A Dexter man who is accused of stealing more than $80,000 from his roommate is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.
Lloyd Burnham, 44, recently entered a guilty plea and has a plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.
“There is a sentencing tomorrow on a Class B theft,” said Marc Rucci, an assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. “In Maine, any theft above $10,000 is a Class B. Our office takes these crimes extremely seriously. I think there is a stigma … these crimes go unreported. People don’t want to talk about them, feeling embarrassed they’ve been taken advantage of.”
Rucci said there are a number of resources available for people who believe friends or loved ones are being taken advantage of, including making an anonymous referral to Adult Protective Services, contacting the family physician, and reporting it to law enforcement.
One of the 24 held bills that became law this week without the signature of Gov. Janet Mills – An Act To Create a Victims’ Compensation Fund for Victims of Property Crimes — may help victims of theft to recover some of the money they lost, including the victim in Burnham’s case, according to District Attorney Marianne Lynch.