By Anne O’Connor
SHIRLEY — A member of the Recreation Commission is charged with forging an invoice and submitting it to the town for reimbursement.
H. Keith Begun was arraigned on March 2 in Ayer District Court on three charges of forgery of a document and one charge of uttering false writing. The charges stem from one invoice in the amount of $1,500 dated June 11, 2013.
The police report alleges the signatures on the invoice are forged, that the business on the bill does not exist and the spreader is a different model.
According to the report written by Chief Thomas Goulden, Begun submitted an invoice from Francestown Farm Supply in Francestown, N.H. for a Vicon Spreader model PS 403.
Members on the board at the time said they did not sign the invoice.
The police chief in Francestown, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Consumer Division and the New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporation Division found no record of the business.
During the Feb. 26 interview, Begun said he found the listing on Craigslist and bought the spreader at a farm. There was no address on the invoice.
The town property that Begun turned over to the Highway Department was a different model, the report said.
Begun was arrested at the end of the interview on Feb. 26. On March 2, the Ayer District Court granted him up to $1,000 to secure the services of an investigator.
During the Feb. 26 interview, police questioned Begun about another invoice dated Jan 2, 2016 for a trailer.
The questionable invoice was uncovered by the town accountant as part of the regular process, said Town Administrator Patrice Garvin. She, in turn, reported to the police.
Begun previously admitted to forging the signature of another commissioner so he could be reimbursed $1,500 for the alleged 2012 Cam Warrior Equipment Trailer, the report said.
Further charges were filed on Friday, March 11, Gould said.
Those charges are not yet part of the clerk’s file. Begun’s next hearing is scheduled on April 27.
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