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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

“Documents obtained from Belknap County Superior Court indicate Laughton was indicted on one felony count of conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card, one count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and one count of falsifying physical evidence for disposing of two of the computers, two cell phones and a printer after learning of the police investigation,” the Laconia Daily Sun reports. “On July 29, 2008, she pleaded guilty — under the name of Barry Charles Jr. — to the three charges. Laughton was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud — all suspended pending 10 years of good behavior, and 3 1/2 to 7 years for the falsifying physical evidence — again suspended to 10 years good behavior. The two suspended sentences were concurrent.”

“She was sentenced to serve 12 months with four months suspended in the Belknap County House of Corrections for conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card,” The Laconia Daily Sun article added. “According to Department of Corrections media spokesman Jeff Lyons, Laughton served four and one-half months in jail and was released on November 21, 2008.”

That was hardly the only time this Democrat, whose Nov. 6 victory was described by the liberal Huffington Post as a “history-making win,” broke the law.

According to the local report, Laughton and her now ex-wife called 911 three times in the early morning on July 5, 2006, to ask police for a ride home from local fireworks. On the third 911 call, Laughton reportedly faked being suicidal and claimed that her now ex-wife had fallen. They asked for two ambulances – which were sent to them, along with a local cop.

“Both were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital where Laughton told the attending physician initially that he had called the ambulance because he couldn’t sleep and suffered from depression,” The Laconia Daily Sun reports. “In the next breath, reports indicate Laughton said, ‘Honestly Doc, I was at the Weirs fireworks and didn’t have a ride home.’ The doctor declined to treat Laughton further and the police said they were unable to drive them home.”

It appears the Laughtons would have gotten away with everything if they just paid the $4 cab fare for the ride home from the hospital. But The Laconia Daily Sun reported that the Laughtons stiffed the cabbie, who called the police on them.

“Records indicate that two police officers went to their Church Street apartment and pounded on the door until Laughton answered. Laughton said he wouldn’t pay the $4 fare because the taxi service has assured them that it would run until 2 a.m. but didn’t. Police said she became ‘increasingly agitated,’ finally telling the two officers that Laconia District Court Judge David O. Huot (also elected to serve in the new Legislature the 2012 election as a Laconia Democrat) would ‘laugh the charges out of court’ and there was nothing the city police could do about it.”