BANGOR — The City Clerk’s office will be moving to the Cross Insurance Center Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 13. Regular City Clerk services such as business licenses, marriage licenses, birth certificates and voter registration will continue to be offered in-person during regular hours.

The City Clerk’s Cross Insurance Center location will stay open until 5:30 p.m. each day for early in-person voting. Early voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. This will allow for the city to follow physical distancing guidelines while continuing to provide in-person City Clerk services.

“As a city we continue to prepare and take proactive steps for what we anticipate to be high voter turnout for this election,” said Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow. “This move gives us more room for people to physically distance and stay safe while utilizing important City services like voter registration and early voting.”

With the City Clerk’s office moving to the larger space, the Treasury Department for the City will relocate back to City Hall, effective Tuesday, Oct. 13. Hours for the City’s Treasury Department will be Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All Treasury Department services such as vehicle registrations, property tax payments, and sewer/stormwater payments will once again be offered in-person at City Hall.

Many of the in-person services are also offered on the City of Bangor website at www.bangormaine.gov.

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It had all the qualities of a fairy-tale romance to Cassandra Tan (not her real name): meeting an eligible American-Chinese businessman online and falling in love, with the promise of a happy-ever-after.

But she was just being led down the garden path. Over two years, Ms Tan, a clerk in her 50s, was not only cheated of $80,000 by her online “lover”, but she had also been manipulated into being a money mule.

She first met the man on Facebook in mid-2018. He claimed to be a 59-year-old American-Chinese businessman working for “Keppel” and doing so overseas.

He proceeded to spin tales, claiming, among other things, that his money had been “taken by the CIA”, and that he and his staff were “trapped at Customs and needed money to get out”. He also sent images of “himself” in hospital, feigning serious medical emergencies.

“I started falling in love with him. I also took pity on him and wanted to help,” she said.

This ruse went on until October last year, during which Ms Tan transferred $80,000 of her savings to him over multiple transactions.

But it was not over. The man asked her in May this year to allow him to use her account to purchase bitcoin credits. He made three transfers of $5,000 to her account between May and June, telling her to keep $500 each time she bought bitcoin credits on his behalf.

“Every transaction, I kept $500 for my own usage. As he owed me so much money, I thought it is only right for me to keep $1,500 for myself,” Ms Tan said.

The police stepped in after they detected the suspicious transfers. It later came to light that she had not only been the victim of an Internet love scam, but was also being made