Former Marydel mayor pleads guilty to theft
MARYDEL — Former Marydel Mayor Deborah Rowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, Feb. 1, to theft scheme, misconduct in office and forgery, after being accused last August of stealing $61,660 of the town’s money.
“The loss of $61,000 to a small town like Marydel is a major blow to the finances of the town,” State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said. “We will continue to pursue justice on behalf of the citizens of the town of Marydel.”
In a statement of facts read before Judge Sidney S. Campen, Rowe admitted to making unauthorized transfers of lump sums of money from the town’s banking Johnston County, N.C., account according to prosecutors. to her Rowe further admitted to personal forging the signatures of account, the other town commissioners writing on the checks. checks to Rowe is scheduled to herself and be sentenced April 5. She to cash, was taken into custody afwhich she ter the guilty plea and is then deposited being held without bond pending sentencing, according into her personal bank to prosecutors. account, according to the She faces potential incarceration Office of the State Prosecutor. on each charge. The maximum penalty for
Rowe also obtained a felony theft is 15 years. debit card in the name of Misconduct in office is a Marydel, which she used common law offense that to pay personal expenses, carries a maximum penalty including Sprint phone “of anything not cruel and Comcast bills, as well and unusual,” prosecutors as property tax payment said. Forgery carries a potential for land Rowe owned in 10-year penalty.