For Immediate Release
Posted: March 21, 2024


Tyler Dumont, Public Information Officer
(603) 223-3641 |

Town Clerk Arrested For Being An Accomplice To Improperly Accessing DMV Records

Troop G

NORTHUMBERLAND, N.H. – On Tuesday, March 19, Melinda Kennett, 59, of Groveton, N.H., was arrested and charged with 16 counts of violating RSA 626:8 (Criminal Liability for Conduct of Another), including 8 counts of Computer Related Offenses and 8 counts of Tampering with Public Records or Information.

An investigation conducted by Troop G of the New Hampshire State Police revealed that Kennett, while serving as the town clerk in Northumberland, was an accomplice in accessing Division of Motor Vehicle records, for the purpose of processing vehicle-related transactions, without proper credentials.

The charges against Kennett are class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum possible penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for each offense. 

Kennett was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear June 3, 2024 at 8 a.m. in New Hampshire Circuit Court, District Division in Lancaster.

No further information is available at this time.