Con­vict makes fi­nal resti­tu­tion pay­ment to Ce­cil Soc­cer

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman who em­bez­zled $42,000 from the Ce­cil County Soc­cer League while serv­ing as that group’s trea­surer has re­paid the or­ga­ni­za­tion — some eight years af­ter she was con­victed and or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion.

The de­fen­dant, Ch­eryl Ann Hurtt, 50, now of Wilm­ing­ton, Del., sub­mit­ted a $17,585 check to Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney El­lis Rollins III ear­lier this week to pay off her debt. Rollins, in turn, pre­sented that check to CCSL board mem­ber Joe Tan­ner and cur­rent trea­surer Gary Duffy on Thurs­day.

“We are very pleased to get the money back,” Tan­ner said, not­ing that more than 1,200 chil­dren who live in Ce­cil County play on CCSL teams dur­ing the fall sea­son and that the same num­ber of young­sters par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the spring sea­son.

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CCSL’s bud­get cov­ers a va­ri­ety of ex­penses, in­clud­ing pur­chas­ing and main­tain­ing equip­ment, pay­ing ref­er­ees and keep­ing up the fields. Hurtt’s ful­fill­ment of her resti­tu­tion obli­ga­tion will help with CCSL’s plan to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing Ch­es­land Soc­cer Com­plex in the 400 block of Elk For­est Road, north of Ch­e­sa­peake City.

Rollins said he also was pleased, adding that it can be dif­fi­cult to col­lect resti­tu­tion.

“In these kind of cases, the only lever­age I have is to stick them in jail. The choice is, you can pay the resti­tu­tion or you can serve time in jail at $10 a day un­til it is paid off,” Rollins said, adding, “Faced with that choice, a per­son with any abil­ity to pay at all will pay the resti­tu­tion.”

In even more ex­treme cases, the state can turn to the State of Mary­land Cen­tral Col­lec­tion Unit to re­cover resti­tu­tion, ac­cord­ing to Rollins, who noted that the unit has more power than pros­e­cu­tors in that area, such as in­ter­cept­ing a de­fen­dant’s tax re­turns.

While serv­ing as CCSL’s trea­surer, Hurtt stole $42,000 from that or­ga­ni­za­tion be­tween 2005 and 2007, pros­e­cu­tors said. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board of direc­tors sus­pected some­thing was amiss af­ter study­ing fi­nan­cial records and con­tacted the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pros­e­cu­tors added.

“She was si­phon­ing off the money, a lit­tle bit at a time over that time pe­riod,” Rollins ex­plained.

In May 2008, af­ter the CCSO in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in a Ce­cil County grand jury in­dict­ment against Hurtt, she pleaded guilty to theft scheme of more than $500 as part of a plea deal, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Now-re­tired Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge O. Robert Lidums im­posed a five-year sen­tence sen­tence on Hurtt and sus­pended all but six months of it, court records show.

Those court doc­u­ments also in­di­cate that the judge or­dered Hurtt to serve five years of pro­ba­tion, af­ter com­plet­ing her six-month jail term, and to pay $42,000 in resti­tu­tion to the CCSL dur­ing that pro­ba­tion pe-

— To al­low town of­fi­cials to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing about pro­posed changes at Havre de Grace’s Har­ford Me­mo­rial Hospital, the start time of the Tues­day night town meet­ing has been de­layed, Mayor Jim Eber­hardt said Satur­day.

Per­ryville’s town meet­ing

PER­RYVILLE

riod.

“She had made some ef­fort to pay back the money,” re­ported Rollins, who did not have records re­gard­ing the ex­act sum of paid resti­tu­tion as if that point.

Be­cause Hurtt had failed to pay all of the resti­tu­tion in the al­lot­ted time, how­ever, the judge found her guilty

Per­ryville meet­ing time de­layed Tues­day

is held the first Tues­day of each month at 7 p.m. How­ever, the board an­nounced Fri­day that the start time would be pushed back to 8:30 p.m. to al­low not only the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers, but other Per­ryville res­i­dents to at­tend the Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake pre­sen­ta­tion at Minker Ban­quet Hall at 6 p.m. The hall is lo­cated of vi­o­la­tion of pro­ba­tion in Oc­to­ber 2014, placed her on five more years of pro­ba­tion and or­dered her to pay the un­paid bal­ance of resti­tu­tion, court records show.

Ear­lier this week, less than 18 months into that her sec­ond five-year pro­ba­tion, Hurtt paid $17,585 in resti­tu­tion to ful­fill her obli­ga­tion. at sta­tion 1 of the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Per­ryville, lo­cated at 920 Prin­ci­pio Fur­nace Road.

Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Health Sys­tem — pend­ing reg­u­la­tory ap­proval — plans to close Har­ford Me­mo­rial Hospital and open Bulle Rock Cam­pus off Route 155 on the out­skirts of Havre de Grace.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney El­lis Rollins III presents a $17,585 resti­tu­tion check to Joe Tan­ner, Ce­cil County Soc­cer League board mem­ber, and cur­rent CCSL trea­surer Gary Duffy.

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