Northumberland town clerk charged with accessing DMV records

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NORTHUMBERLAND — A town clerk was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of computer-related offenses and tampering with public records, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Melinda Kennett, 59, of Groveton, faces 16 counts of violating RSA 626:8, including eight counts each of Computer Related Offenses and Tampering with Public Records or Information.

Kennett, while serving as the town clerk in Northumberland, allegedly acted as an accomplice to improperly access Division of Motor Vehicle records for processing vehicle transactions without the necessary authorization.

The charges are class A misdemeanors, with each count carrying a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

After her arrest, Kennett was released on personal recognizance bail.

She is scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on June 3 in New Hampshire Circuit Court, District Division in Lancaster.

The New Hampshire State Police have not released further details regarding the case.

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