Ex-mayor Gets 9 Years for $61K Theft From Tiny Maryland Town

DENTON, Md. (AP) — The former mayor of a tiny Eastern Shore town has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $61,000 in town funds.

The Office of the State Prosecutor said in a statement Wednesday that former Marydel Mayor Deborah Rowe was sentenced Tuesday. She pleaded guilty in February to theft scheme, misconduct in office and forgery.

Prosecutors say Rowe admitted in a statement of facts that she transferred money from the town’s bank account to her own and got a debit card in the town’s name, which she used to pay bills and taxes on land in North Carolina. She also admits forging town commissioners’ signatures on checks.

Prosecutors say Rowe presented the town of about 150 people with a restitution check and read a letter of apology.

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