Maryland Lawmaker Found Guilty of Misdemeanor Theft

Alston accused of misuse of campaign funds in another lawsuit

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Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston has been found guilty of misdemeanor theft and misconduct in office.

The jury in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court reached its verdict Tuesday morning. It began its deliberations Monday afternoon.

The Prince George's County Democrat had been accused by state prosecutors of paying an employee in her law office about $800 in state funds by saying the employee was a member of her legislative staff. Her attorneys said the employee performed legislative work and that prosecutors failed to prove otherwise.

Alston also is accused in a separate case of using campaign funds to pay for wedding-related expenses.

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