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Pittsville Bookkeeper Arrested for Embezzlement from the Town

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Carla Moore (Photo: Wicomico Bureau of Investigation) Carla Moore (Photo: Wicomico Bureau of Investigation)
PITTSVILLE, Md.- Police say an employee of the Town of Pittsville has been arrested for embezzling more than $170,000 in funds from the town.

During the month of July 2014, detectives with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation said they were contacted in regards to a recent financial audit performed on the town. Authorities said the initial result of the audit revealed a significant amount of money was missing from the town.

An investigation into the matter identified 23-year-old Carla Merranda Moore, of Pittsville, as a person of interest, according to authorities. Detectives said Moore was hired by the Town of Pittsville in 2012 to fulfill the roll of financial records custodian, or bookkeeper. While she worked for the town, investigators said there were several financial transactions that were unable to be identified as being associated with the operation of the town.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives said they learned Moore embezzled more than $170,000 from the town. 

Charges against Moore outline a short period of time when money was taken from town funds.

Wicomico County Circuit Court documents say it was on June 21, 2012 that more than $100,000 was taken from the town, plus a separate amount between $10,000 and $100,000 was withdrawn on the same day.

The next transactions were made in 2013. The first on July 1 when police say Moore allegedly took an amount between $1,000 and $10,000.

The last withdrawal was made on Sept. 18 for an amount between $10,000 and $100,000.

Authorities said a grand jury was presented with the facts relating to the investigation on Monday and a criminal indictment was issued for Moore with five counts of felonious theft.

Moore was arrested Thursday and is in custody of the Wicomico County Detention Center on a preset $200,000 bond, according to authorities.

Carla Moore is the daughter of Denver Moore, the current president of the Pittsville Town Commission, according to Sgt. Jason Ramey of the WBI.

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