Judge sentences Valley couple for EBT card misuse
SAINT JOHN VALLEY, Maine — An Eagle Lake man plead guilty in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on February 27 for misusing an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card while in jail.
Tyler J. Saucier, 30, was serving a sentence at the Aroostook County Jail of 4 years with all but nine months suspended for reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. Then he allowed his girlfriend, 20-year-old Dierdre Dubois of Fort Kent, to use an EBT card the state issued in his name.
The reckless conduct conviction stemmed from a June 2015 aggravated assault charge by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office that Saucier beat an elderly Eagle Lake man with the victim’s own cane.
Last year, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services contacted the Fort Kent Police Department with concerns that an EBT card issued to Saucier was being improperly used, according to Fort Kent Police Department Chief Chief Tom Pelletier.
Upon investigation, the FKPD discovered that Dubois had used the EBT card to make purchases at a variety of local businesses.
“Dubois was able to redeem cash and food,” Pelletier said.
Maine Superior Court Justice Harold Stewart II sentenced Saucier to 364 days in jail for misuse of a public benefit instrument, the EBT card. Saucier also plead guilty to an unrelated charge of trafficking in prison contraband.
Dubois plead guilty to misuse of a public benefits instrument at the Fort Kent District Court on February 6, 2017. The court ordered her to pay a $200 fine and to pay $963.81 in restitution to the State of Maine.