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Ex-mayor of Marydel Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Town Funds

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Former Marydel Mayor Deborah Rowe Former Marydel Mayor Deborah Rowe

DENTON, Md.- The former mayor of the town of Marydel in Caroline County has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $61,000 in town funds.
    
The Office of the State Prosecutor said in a statement that former mayor and president Deborah Rowe was sentenced Tuesday to three years for felony theft, three years for misconduct in office and three years for forgery. All sentences were consecutive to each other for a total sentence of nine years. 

Census records show Marydel has a population of about 150.
    
Rowe entered a guilty plea on Feb. 1, during which time she admitted to making unauthorized transfers of money from the town's bank account into her own and got a debit card in the town's name, which she used to pay bills - including Sprint phone and Comcast bills - and property taxes on land Rowe owned in North Carolina. She also admitted forging town commissioners' signatures on some of these checks.

During sentencing, Rowe presented the Town of Marydel with a check for the full amount of restitution of $61,660.07 and read a letter of apology to the apology. Citizens of Marydel and present and victim impact statements were read on their behalf.

In sentencing Rowe to nine years, which was above her sentencing guidelines, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Sydney Campen Jr. stated that punishment and deterrence were two factors which he relied upon in delivering her sentence. 
    

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