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    Maine ex-selectwoman gets 7 years for extortion

    A longtime selectwoman in Chelsea, Maine, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for extortion and fraud. Carole Swan, who spent 19 years in the position, apologized at her sentencing. ‘‘I am desperately sorry for all my mistakes, desperately sorry for hurting the town I loved,’’ Swan told the judge in US District Court in Bangor. ‘‘I never ever thought I would hurt my family, my community.’’ She was convicted in September of three counts of extortion for using her position to seek kickbacks from a contractor who plowed the town’s roads. Last July, she was convicted of two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and five counts of income tax fraud. She is required to begin her sentence in a Texas federal prison within 60 days, the Kennebec Journal reported. (AP)