For Immediate Release
September 25, 2009
Assistant Attorney General Jacqueline Rompre
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Heidi Murphy, 47 years old, of Center Barnstead, the former Deputy Clerk of the Town of Barnstead, has been indicted by a Belknap County Grand Jury on eight counts of theft.
The indictments are the result of an investigation by the Attorney General's Office into Murphy's activities while working as the Barnstead Deputy Clerk. The theft by unauthorized taking indictments allege that Murphy exercised unauthorized control over funds she collected from four different taxpayers as payment for property taxes they owed to the Town of Barnstead. The theft amounts alleged in the indictments are $1,890, $1,738, $852, and $382.85. The thefts occurred between October 2007 and July 2008. Murphy has also been indicted, in the alternative for theft by misapplication for the same conduct.
The indictments charging theft of more than $1,000 carry a maximum penalty of 7½-15 years at the New Hampshire State Prison and a fine of up to $4,000. The two indictments charging a theft of more than $500 carry a maximum penalty of 3½-7 years at the New Hampshire State Prison and a fine of $4,000. The misdemeanors charging theft of less than $500 carry a maximum penalty of one year in the house of corrections and a fine of $2,000.
Murphy will be arraigned in the next few weeks at the Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia.
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