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Marydel Looks To Move Forward After Former Mayor's Sentencing

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The town office in Marydel. (Tom Lehman / WBOC) The town office in Marydel. (Tom Lehman / WBOC)

MARYDEL, Md. -- Town leaders and residents of Marydel say they're hoping to move forward after state officials said the former mayor pleaded guilty this week to stealing more than $61,000 in town funds.

Former Marydel Mayor Debbie Rowe sentenced Tuesday to a total of nine years in prison for felony theft, misconduct in office, and forgery. The sentences were consecutive to each other for a total sentence of nine years.

The state prosecutors' office said a restitution check of more than $61,000 was presented from Rowe to Marydel, a town of roughly 150 people.

Current Mayor Joyce Ward, elevated to the position last year, said she and the town's only other commissioner will attempt to keep the town on track now that Rowe has been sentenced.

"We're happy to receive it but it's a shame that it ever happened for our town," she said.

Rowe entered a guilty plea on Feb. 1. Officials said 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.

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