The Blue Hill Town Office, as seen in early December.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Blue Hill’s former treasurer pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that she allegedly stole $17,960 from town accounts.

Jody Murphy, 38, of Franklin, stole the money by taking funds from municipal bank deposits, town transfer funds and by adding unauthorized stipends to her own paychecks, detective Steve McFarland of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has said.

Murphy said nothing during her arraignment at Hancock County Unified Criminal Court Thursday. She and her attorney, Max Coolidge, declined to comment afterward.

The indictment charging her with Class B theft was issued Aug. 9. She was summoned by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on that charge on March 13.

The indictment accuses Murphy of committing the thefts from October 2014 to Nov. 16, 2017.

The police investigation began almost a year ago, when auditors conducting an annual review couldn’t find cash associated with several bank deposits, according to town officials.

Murphy was placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 5. She submitted a letter of resignation on Nov. 16 that selectmen accepted the following day.

Murphy is due in court on Sept. 20.

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