Salem finance director charged 2nd time for shoplifting – The Union Leader

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SALEM — The town’s finance director allegedly shoplifted an assortment of clothing at Macy’s a week before she was arrested at the store in a similar case, according to a newly filed court complaint.

Prosecutors have filed charges against Jane Savastano, 48, for allegedly taking numerous pieces of clothing on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19.

She waived arraignment in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division, and entered a not guilty plea to all charges, according to court papers filed by her lawyer, Patrick Donovan.

Prosecutors recently notified a judge they are seeking a potential jail sentence for Savastano, who has served as the town of Salem’s finance director since March 2005.

Each of the three charges are punishable by up to a year in county jail.

Savastano is on administrative leave from her job and is expected to face a personnel review by the town.

The new charge against Savastano provided few details about the Feb. 12 incident that happened a week before her arrest. She allegedly entered the store on Friday, Feb. 12, around 3:30 p.m., took a number of clothing items “valued more than $1 and less than $1,000” and left without paying.

When loss prevention workers took Savastano into custody exactly a week later at the store, located at the Mall at Rockingham Park, she allegedly had 11 clothing items valued at $591, according to police. She was arrested about 2:55 p.m.

Savastano now faces two counts of willful concealment and a single count of attempted willful concealment. She remains free on $1,000 cash bail. She is scheduled for trial April 22 on all three charges.

Savastano was hired as the town’s finance director in March 2005. Her current base pay is $118,399, according to Town Manager Leon Goodwin III. Melanie Murray, the town’s budget manager, is assuming the finance director’s duties.

The town’s finance director oversees payroll, accounts payable and has a vast interaction with all departments within the town.

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