Indicted Chelsea Selectwoman Tries The Tricky ‘I’m Just A Girl’ Gambit; Likely Holding The Chewbacca Defense In Reserve

Carole Swan

Carole SwanBANGOR — Carole Swan, who spent 19 years as a Chelsea selectwoman signing warrants and conducting other town business, testified in federal court here Wednesday that she is illiterate. “I can’t read or write,” she said. “I never took minutes. I can read numbers.” Swan made the surprising statement when she took the witness stand during a pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court, where she faces federal extortion charges for allegedly accepting kickbacks from a town road contractor, as well as other crimes. Shortly after saying that, she provided the names of four people she said witnessed her efforts to investigate that same contractor, Frank Monroe, of Whitefield, and spelled the last name of one of those witnesses. (read more at Kennebec Journal)