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Pittsville Bookkeeper Found Guilty of Embezzlement

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Carla Moore (Photo: Wicomico Bureau of Investigations) Carla Moore (Photo: Wicomico Bureau of Investigations)

PITTSVILLE, Md. - Carla Moore, a former Pittsville town employee accused of embezzling, has been found guilty on all five counts of felonious theft Friday.

She was sentenced to 20 years, all but seven suspended, meaning she will spend seven years in prison.

Along with the prison sentence, Moore owes the town of Pittsville a little more than 128 thousand dollars in restitution.

Moore listened to the reading of her sentencing in tears.

Moore was accused of embezzling more than $170,000 from the town of Pittsville over a year long span while she worked in the town office as a bookkeeper.  Moore waived her right to a trial by jury on Tuesday morning.

The 24-year-old was arrested back in May of this year after a lengthy investigation.  According to testimony in court on Tuesday, Moore was hired in 2009 to help with duties of the town clerk.  By 2011, according to testimony, Moore was involved with financial roles in the office, including bookkeeping and payroll for town employees.

According to investigators, a problem was noticed during an annual audit of the town when numerous transactions were found to be unrelated to the day-to-day operations of typical town business.  Moore was fired from her position in 2013.

In court on Tuesday, Pittsville town commissioners were asked if they ever allowed Carla Moore to make personal car or credit card payments with town money. The commissioners were also asked if they ever authorized the town to loan Moore money.  All of the commissioners, including the president of the commission and Carla Moore's father, Denver Moore, said the town never authorized such loans or payments.

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