BERLIN, Md. (AP/WBOC)- A middle school teacher has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Worcester County teachers' union.
Police say 58-year-old Denise Owens of Ocean Pines stole more than $433,000 from accounts belonging to the Worcester County Teacher's Association. According to police, Owens was in charge of all financial transactions for the union at the time of the thefts.
Detective Kyle Clark says Owens "had full access to the account" and "nobody really checked it."
Owens was arrested Friday and charged with charged with one count of theft scheme: $500 plus and four counts of theft: $500 plus value. She was released on $100,000 bond.
She declined to comment when reached by a member of The Associated Press. Police say she has not yet secured an attorney.
Owens has been teaching in the lower Eastern Shore county since 1988.