Ex-Plaistow finance director may try to settle theft case prior to trial
Janet Gallant, 52, elected to enter into settlement talks with a judge and county prosecutors to see if she can strike some kind of plea agreement prior to her trial, according to court records.
She was fired last Sept. 4 and arrested by Plaistow police three months later after an investigation into suspicious payroll transactions. A grand jury in Rockingham County Superior Court indicted Gallant in May on a Class A theft charge, punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison.
She was hired in Plaistow in April 2011, after having worked in Pelham as finance director between 2005 and 2010, according to town officials. She resigned from her post in Pelham as part of a mutual agreement with the town in 2010, town officials said. She faces no charges from her time in Pelham.
The settlement talks are set for Sept. 19, and include a private discussion with a judge, the prosecution and defense. If the talk does not result in a negotiated deal, then Gallant is expected to go on trial.