A recently-appointed member of the Brewster Conservation Commission has resigned after Cape Cod Today learned she is under indictment for allegedly embezzling nearly $18,000 in her former position as treasurer of the Town of Blue Hill, Maine.
CCToday received an anonymous tip last week on this matter, along with newspaper articles from the Ellsworth American. Jody Murphy, former town treasurer for Blue Hill, Maine is under indictment for embezzling funds from her former employer. Ellsworth American reporter Jennifer Osborn told CCToday that Murphy's case is scheduled to be heard on the March 2019 criminal docket in Hancock County courts, after being continued from a January 7th court date.
According to local media reports, Murphy is accused of stealing $17,690 from municipal bank deposits, town transfer funds and by adding unauthorized stipends to her own paychecks.
The investigation began in the summer of 2017 when a routine audit found cash missing from several bank deposits. Ms. Murphy was placed on administrative leave by on October 5, 2017 and resigned on November 16, 2017. She was charged in March 2018 and indicted in August 2018. She pleaded not guilty on August 16, 2018.
Cape Cod Today spoke with acting Brewster Town Manager Mark Forest immediately upon learning of the allegations.
After researching the matter, Mr. Forest reported that Ms. Murphy had resigned from her appointed seat on the Conservation Commission.
Forest said that the town has not previously run background checks on those who apply for volunteer appointments to town committees. Mr. Forest told Cape Cod Today, "We will be expanding our background checks on future committee applicants."